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Knowledge Spillovers Within China’s System of Research Institutes

Renai Jiang (), Daniel Tortorice () and Zhaohui Xuan ()
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Renai Jiang: School of Economics and Finance, Xian Jiaotong University
Zhaohui Xuan: Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development

No 1910, Working Papers from College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics

Abstract: We use a novel, fifteen-year panel dataset on China’s system of research institutes to examine the determinates of knowledge production, the role external factors play in increasing research productivity, and the extent to which distance mitigates these spillovers. We find robust evidence that knowledge inputs like R&D personnel increase patenting and publication. External R&D spending in the institute’s province and the institute’s industry knowledge stock spill over into increased knowledge production. We find that being located on average farther from institutes engaged in similar research reduces the impact of these spillovers. These results have important policy implications as China attempts to increase economic activity away from the coast and aims to improve the productivity of its research institute sector.

Keywords: China; R&D; Research Policy; Knowledge Spillovers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L2 O31 O32 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 51 pages
Date: 2019-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna, nep-cse, nep-ino, nep-knm and nep-tra
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