Higher education expansion and the rise of China in economics research

M. Piracha*, M. Tani, K.F. Zimmermann, Y. Zhang

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China has seen a massive higher education expansion, which the literature has dated to the 1999-2008 period with quantitative and qualitative outcomes. However, the consequences for the publication success of Chinese authors worldwide are not well studied. We review the respective Chinese higher education policies and document the dramatic rise in publication success, with a focus on the field of Economics. A substantial set of regressions and robustness checks confirm the understanding that the higher education expansion has indeed let to a substantial worldwide rise in scientific publications in refereed economics journals fueled by the general incentives of the reform, through research collaborations and other quality improving factors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101813
Number of pages13
JournalChina Economic Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

JEL classifications

  • a14 - Sociology of Economics
  • i23 - Higher Education and Research Institutions
  • i28 - Education: Government Policy
  • o15 - "Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration"


  • Education
  • University reforms
  • Economic research
  • Publications
  • Citations
  • China

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