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Regional Innovation Clusters: A Critical Review

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  • Junbo Yu

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    (Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University)

  • Randall W. Jackson

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    (Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University)

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This paper begins by investigating the Obama administration’s rationale of promoting regional innovation clusters (RICs) in the context of increasing public concerns on the Strategy for American Innovation. Next, the connections between RICs and existing research and policies in clusters, innovation and regional economic development are identified and analyzed to highlight those most critical challenges in conceptualizing and theorizing RICs. While we applaud the long overdue focus of economic development policies on subnational regions we identify several major difficulties associated with the development of empirics for promoting RICs and informing policymakers with practitioner-accessible tools and metrics before concluding.

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Paper provided by Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 201014.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:201014

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Keywords: economic development; policy; regional innovation clusters; regional development;

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  1. Kinnear, Susan & Ogden, Ian, 2014. "Planning the innovation agenda for sustainable development in resource regions: A central Queensland case study," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 42-53.
  2. Shelley M. Kimelberg & Elizabeth Williams, 2013. "Evaluating the Importance of Business Location Factors: The Influence of Facility Type," Growth and Change, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, vol. 44(1), pages 92-117, 03.
  3. Max Nathan & Emma Vandore, 2013. "Here Be Startups: Exploring a young digital cluster in Inner East London," SERC Discussion Papers 0146, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.

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