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dc.contributor.advisorJoeseph Ferreira.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLiao, Xiongjiuen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.en_US
dc.coverage.spatialn-us-maen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-12T19:28:04Z
dc.date.available2012-01-12T19:28:04Z
dc.date.copyright2011en_US
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/68442
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2011.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 185-190).en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I attempt to construct a conceptual and computational framework for studying firm clustering at intrametropolitan level. Specifically, this framework includes methods of measuring general industry clustering, detecting sized urbanization clusters and localization clusters, interrelating firm clustering with firms' characteristics and interpreting the appearance of firm clusters at a location with its spatial settings. I apply these methods with firm establishment data to study the patterns and determinants of firm clustering within metropolitan Boston. At the first time, these studies enable us to locate urbanization clusters and localization clusters in a metropolitan area and examine their association with economic and spatial explanting factors, which provides a completely new perspective of observing those spatial economical phenomenons like agglomeration and suburbanization and makes a solid step towards empirical modeling and understanding of them at the micro-level. As demonstrated in this thesis, clustering of firms or employments both end up with significant concentration of employment at some spots with specific attributes. This enables regional planners and policy-makers to apply some findings from this study in improving existing firm clustering patterns or incubating new firm concentrations, which ultimately promote local employment and improve local economics.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Xiongjiu Liao.en_US
dc.format.extent190 p.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectUrban Studies and Planning.en_US
dc.titleIntrametropolitan firm clustering : measurement, detection and determinants : case study in Bostonen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning
dc.identifier.oclc769002794en_US


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