Nanotechnology enterprise in the United States: structure and location
Bhaskarabhatla, Ajay Sivaram
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This thesis investigates the structure and location of the nanotechnology enterprise in the United States. Nanotechnology merits focus because of the high degree of innovative activity associated with it and due to its promise for regional economic development. I consider the particular sectoral and technical characteristics of nanotechnology. Building on insights from theories of high-technology industrial evolution, this thesis examines contrasting hypotheses about the location of nanotechnology firms. I find that regional academic R and D, availability of venture capital promote entry of nanotechnology firms.