Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Urban and Public Affairs

Committee Chair

Lyons, Thomas S.

Author's Keywords

High tech; Spatial concentration; Human capital; Agglomeration economies; Location theories; Creative cities; Regional economy


Economic development--Economic aspects


This study explores four economic development theories – classical location theory, human capital theory, agglomeration economies theory and creative cities theory, and their effectiveness in explaining the spatial distribution of high tech industries across metropolitan areas. This study identifies a strong and positive role for education and top-ranked research universities on high-tech employment concentrations, thus supporting the human capital approach that promotes investment in education and academic R&D to stimulate regional high technology economic development. This study also suggests that successful high technology regions are the regions with the presence of multi-regional and multinational corporate headquarters and accessibility to an international airport. In addition, the findings from the regression analyses could not provide strong support for localization economies and creative cities theories.