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November 1988

Patterns of productivity change in men’s and boys’ suits and coats

Mark Sieling, Daniel J. Curtin

During the 1967-87 period, multiple factors led to varying rates of productivity change, with long-term gains falling into three distinct periods. These productivity increases partially reflected the consolidation of the industry into larger sized establishments, the replacement of hand assembly operations with fusing technologies (bonding two pieces of material together with adhesives) and sewing machine operations, and the introduction of semiautomated fabric cutting machinery.

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