Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
This study examines whether universities in mid-sized “Rust Belt” cities can help drive local economic growth by directly supporting growth in local high-technology industry. This study is inspired by the hypothesis of van Agtmael and Bakker (2016) that high-technology industry can generate significant levels of economic growth that revitalized Rust Belt communities. This study shows that some university outputs, like undergraduate students in STEM fields and R&D expenditures in STEM fields benefit a Rust Belt city’s high-technology industry sector and overall economy. However, these results are stronger in the mid-sized Rust Belt cities of the Midwest rather than those of New England.
O'Gara, Robert, "The importance of STEM: How Rust Belt universities can drive economic growth by supporting high-technology industry" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 1165.
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