Economic Geography at the University of Cincinnati, 1920-2006

  • Howard A. Stafford University of Cincinnati
Keywords: Applied Geography, Behavioral Geography, Economic Geography, Geography Of Firm, Regional Development


Economic Geography has been an integral component of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Geography for at least 85 of the Department’s first 100 years. This essay lays out a brief general outline of the development of economic geography as a sub-discipline and links the overview to the research and publication if UC professor and graduate students, Although always a small cadre of researchers, UC economic geographers have mirrored many, but not all, of the emphases of the larger community of economic geographers, and made seminal contributions in several areas. Of special note are the development of geography of the firm studies and the related use of the behavioral-decision making approach, regional economic development in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and the training of applied geographers.


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