Exploring the spatial dimensions of nanotechnology development in China: the effects of funding and spillovers

L. Wang, J. Jacob, Z. Li

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Abstract

This paper investigates the factors driving nanotechnology development in Chinese regions. Advanced regions of China have spearheaded the country’s rapid growth in nanotechnology, aided by substantial support from the government. While this head start could potentially perpetuate regional inequalities through agglomeration economies, the results suggest that knowledge spillovers exert a substantially greater impact in peripheral regions compared with the advanced ones, and may thus be compensating for the limited institutional support they receive and their weak technological capabilities. This research contributes to the regional innovation literature by highlighting that a formal scientific network can counteract the forces of agglomeration economies and spur innovation in peripheral regions
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-260
Number of pages16
JournalRegional Studies
Volume53
Issue number2
Early online date3 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

JEL classifications

  • o30 - "Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights: General"
  • o33 - "Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes"
  • r12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity

Keywords

  • agglomeration
  • Chinese regions
  • collaboration
  • geographical proximity
  • knowledge spillovers
  • nanotechnology
  • publications and patents
  • KNOWLEDGE SPILLOVERS
  • GLOBALIZATION
  • REGIONAL CONVERGENCE
  • LOCALIZED KNOWLEDGE
  • NETWORKS
  • SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATIONS
  • INNOVATION PERFORMANCE
  • ECONOMIC-GROWTH
  • SCIENCE
  • ABSORPTIVE-CAPACITY

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