EMSI economists have completed a new study titled “Identification of Knowledge and Innovation Clusters: A GIS Application of Concentration, Co-Existence, and Correlation.” The paper, which was presented at the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference, identifies regions with a high level of high-tech industry clustering, human capital, and innovation.
These regional “knowledge clusters” were identified using several data elements:
- High-tech industry and industry clusters
- High-knowledge occupation clusters
- College degree attainment
- Patent generation
- Relative density of higher education institutions
After condensing all this information in to a single “innovation index,” the authors plotted a map of the hottest innovation zones in the U.S.
Download the draft paper (PDF): PNREC 2008 Paper – Knowledge and Innovation Clusters