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Regional Innovation Clusters: A Critical Review

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  • JUNBO YU
  • RANDALL JACKSON

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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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  • Junbo Yu & Randall Jackson, 2011. "Regional Innovation Clusters: A Critical Review," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(2), pages 111-124, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:growch:v:42:y:2011:i:2:p:111-124
    DOI: j.1468-2257.2011.00546.x
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    JEL classification:

    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation

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