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Firm co-location and clustering in the life sciences


2004 2004

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In recent years, state and regional development organizations, industry organizations, and academic researchers have increasingly taken an interest in the concentration or clustering of industries, particularly the knowledge-based industries. Life science is one emerging knowledge-based industry that is an identified cluster industry and offers potential growth for the economy. As such, state and regional development studies and initiatives often look to explore these economic growth opportunities in the life sciences through the cluster framework. This interest includes the academic perspectives of knowledge spillovers, knowledge creation, innovation, networks, agglomeration economies, spatial analysis and economic geography. It is the geographic proximity of firms that is often the foundation of these perspectives and the cluster phenomenon. However, the proximity of firms is relatively unexamined in traditional studies. The emerging life science industry in the St. Louis region presents an opportunity to examine this. Therefore, a descriptive empirical study of the intra-metropolitan co-location of life science organizations in St. Louis is conducted. The analysis looks at the tendency of firms to co-locate and the spatial boundaries and characteristics of these tendencies. This is accomplished through intra-regional industry structure, regional infrastructure, and firm level analysis of the industry.

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Subject
Agricultural economics
Classification
0503: Agricultural economics
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Firm co-location and clustering in the life sciences
Author
Peiter, Carrie
Number of pages
129
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0133
Source
MAI 43/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542074196, 0542074192
Advisor
Kalaitzandonakes, Nicholas
University/institution
University of Missouri - Columbia
University location
United States -- Missouri
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1426094
ProQuest document ID
305161844
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305161844
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