Talk:Three-sector theory

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Incorrect predictions[edit]

Not cited or referenced, added request for cites/refs. Evilteuf 12:34, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

All text currently in this page is translated from the German article. That article has a "literature" section but no specific citations. Lfh 12:45, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

I removed this section, it is weasly worded, lacks NPOV and lacks citations; a request for citations has been pending for more then a year and the section has not been corrected.Dark567 (talk) 03:03, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

sector of indian economy..................[edit]

A nation’s economy can be divided into various sectors to define the proportion of the population engaged in the activity sector. This categorization is seen as a continuum of distance from the natural environment. The continuum starts with the primary sector, which concerns itself with the utilization of raw materials from the earth such as agriculture and mining. From there, the distance from the raw materials of the earth increases.

Primary Sector The primary sector of the economy extracts or harvests products from the earth. The primary sector includes the production of raw material and basic foods. Activities associated with the primary sector include agriculture (both subsistence and commercial), mining, forestry, farming, grazing, hunting and gathering, fishing, and quarrying. The packaging and processing of the raw material associated with this sector is also considered to be part of this sector.

In developed and developing countries, a decreasing proportion of workers are involved in the primary sector. About 3% of the U.S. labor force is engaged in primary sector activity today, while more than two-thirds of the labor force were primary sector workers in the mid-nineteenth century.

Secondary Sector The secondary sector of the economy manufactures finished goods. All of manufacturing, processing, and construction lies within the secondary sector. Activities associated with the secondary sector include metal working and smelting, automobile production, textile production, chemical and engineering industries, aerospace manufacturing, energy utilities, engineering, breweries and bottlers, construction, and shipbuilding.

Tertiary Sector The tertiary sector of the economy is the service industry. This sector provides services to the general population and to businesses. Activities associated with this sector include retail and wholesale sales, transportation and distribution, entertainment (movies, television, radio, music, theater, etc.), restaurants, clerical services, media, tourism, insurance, banking, healthcare, and law.

In most developed and developing countries, a growing proportion of workers are devoted to the tertiary sector. In the U.S., more than 80% of the labor force are tertiary workers.

Quaternary Sector The quaternary sector of the economy consists of intellectual activities. Activities associated with this sector include government, culture, libraries, scientific research, education, and information technology.

Quinary Sector Some consider there to be a branch of the quaternary sector called the quinary sector, which includes the highest levels of decision making in a society or economy. This sector would include the top executives or officials in such fields as government, science, universities, nonprofit, healthcare, culture, and the media.

An Australian source relates that the quinary sector in Australia refers to domestic activities such as those performed by stay-at-home parents or homemakers. These activities are typically not measured by monetary amounts but it is important to recognize these activities in contribution to the economy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:07, 26 February 2009 (UTC)


I was just wondering what section exploration [such as in the space industry] would fall under.

It could fit all three categories because you are providing a service,obtaining raw materials [similar to mining in the primary sector] and making it habitable the key word being 'making' as in the secondary sector.

If some one knows if there is a sector that exploration is defined under please let me know if not I'll have to ad a new section.

We already have way more then 3 sectors so adding another doesn't seem the best idea

feel free to offer input.

(SlyRatchet (talk) 02:10, 18 August 2011 (UTC))

Theory or model[edit]

I don't agree with the translation Three-sector theory. Reading the German article I would have in mind what a would translate in english as a Three-sector model. --Robertiki (talk) 23:05, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Alright, I missed the scope: the title would be Three-sector model evolution theory. --Robertiki (talk) 23:15, 9 January 2017 (UTC)