Emergence of Nanodistricts in the United States: Path Dependency or New Opportunities?
|Title:||Emergence of Nanodistricts in the United States: Path Dependency or New Opportunities?|
|Publication Date:||August 2008|
|Published In:||Economic Development Quarterly|
|Description:||Multiple economic development theories suggest that research and innovation in emerging technologies will cluster in certain locations rather than being equally distributed among all regions. If this is the case, this distributional pattern has implications for where future economic opportunities and future risks will be concentrated. In this article, the authors probe nanotechnology research and commercialization at a regional level. The study examines the top 30 U.S. "nanodistricts," or metropolitan areas that lead in nanotechnology research activity, during the 1990 to 2006 time frame. The authors explore the factors underlying the emergence of these 30 metropolitan areas through exploratory cluster analysis. The results indicate that although most of the leading nanodistricts are similar to top cities in previous rounds of emerging technologies, new geographic concentrations of nanotechnology research have surfaced as a result of having made concentrated investments in nanotechnology R&D into a single institution. © 2008 Sage Publications.|
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|Citation:||Economic Development Quarterly. 22. Issue 3. 187 - 199. ISSN 0891-2424. DOI 10.1177/0891242408320968.|