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Picking a Winner? Evidence from the Non-Manufacturing High-Tech Industry in the Blacksburg MSA


  • Bieri, David


Regional scientists have developed numerous concepts and measures of economic diversity and diversification, primarily motivated by the desire to establish a relationship between diversity and economic performance. Rather than striving for a unified theory with a singular measure, this paper argues that economic developers should employ a multi-dimensional framework that combines the comparative advantages of a range of theoretical approaches. The application of locational, agglomerational and risk-reward measures to the non-manufacturing high-tech industry for the Blacksburg MSA in southwestern Virginia reveals specific policy implications and offers lessons for economic policy design.

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  • Bieri, David, 2006. "Picking a Winner? Evidence from the Non-Manufacturing High-Tech Industry in the Blacksburg MSA," MPRA Paper 1079, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 06 Dec 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:1079

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    1. Douglass C. North, 1955. "Location Theory and Regional Economic Growth," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 63, pages 243-243.
    2. Bresnahan, Timothy F & Gambardella, Alfonso & Saxenian, AnnaLee, 2001. "'Old Economy' Inputs for 'New Economy' Outcomes: Cluster Formation in the New Silicon Valleys," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 10(4), pages 835-860, December.
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    Economic Development; Industry Concentration; Dispersion; Quantitative Measures;

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    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology

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