Use this research guide for help with the industry report assignment in Econ 332 Industrial Organization.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is used to organize industry information. It's designed to produce common industry definitions for Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It is a hierarchical classification system, offering five levels of detail. Codes are assigned to an industry based on products and services provided by the industry.
Industries are represented by a six-digit number. The first two digits designate the economic sector: manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale, retail, professional services, etc. The subsequent digits designate subsectors and industry groups.
Each digit in the code is part of a series of progressively narrower categories.
44 - Retail
448 - Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
4481 - Clothing Stores
448140 - Family Clothing Stores
The Standard Industrial Classification, an earlier U.S. system, is still used by some sources.
These sources are your best place to start to find detailed industry overviews.
Government agencies and business information providers use NAICS to organize industry information. In addition to the links below, you can search several business databases by NAICS and/or SIC codes for industry information.