Technological spillovers and industrial growth in Chinese regions

L. Wang, H.H.M. Meijers, A. Szirmai

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This paper focuses on the role of interregional technology spillovers in the process of industrial growth in Chinese regions in the period 1990-2005. Inflows of FDI
increased rapidly from 1990 till 1998, slowing down thereafter. Domestic R&D
investment accelerated after 1998. Regional industrial growth benefits from both
interregional R&D spillovers and after 1998 from international FDI spillovers.
However, in contrast to R&D spillovers, FDI spillovers contribute conditionally,
mainly in areas where local R&D stocks are high enough. Interestingly, indirect
interregional FDI spillover effects are negative. Foreign investment in one region
attracts resources from regions with less FDI, thus having a negative influence on
growth of industrial output in neighbouring regions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMaastricht
PublisherMaastricht University
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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SeriesUNU-MERIT Working Papers

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