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Innovative activity and technological change in China and its regions: Evidence from Chinese domestic patents


2007 2007

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In this dissertation, I provide a detailed analysis of patenting activity in China and its regions from 1985 to 2004. Chinese domestic patents are used to analyze China's patenting activity by technological fields and by industrial sectors. Spatial distributions of China's innovative activity are also examined. I find that China's overall technological development in the past twenty years is modest and the regional disparity in technological development is severe. Technological strengths of China are mainly in the low and traditional technological fields, however, China has built up its technological strengths in some key areas, such as biotechnology and organic chemistry. The technological gap between China and industrialized countries is mainly in the hi-tech sectors. I further estimate a patent production function and a knowledge production function at the provincial level. I find that the patents-R&D relationship is well established at the Chinese provincial level and technology contributes positively to industrial growth. In addition, I examine the effects of inter-regional knowledge spillovers on both patenting activity and value added industrial output. I find that there are positive inter-regional knowledge spillovers among the Chinese provinces, but the effects of knowledge spillovers are small and weak, compared to those of more industrialized countries.

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Subject
Economics;
Business costs;
Technological change;
Patents;
High tech industries;
Research & development--R&D;
Industrial development;
Productivity;
Provinces;
Studies
Classification
0501: Economics
0505: Business costs
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; China; Domestic patents; Innovation; Patents; Technological change; Technology
Title
Innovative activity and technological change in China and its regions: Evidence from Chinese domestic patents
Author
Yin, Hong
Number of pages
225
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0060
Source
DAI-A 68/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549186540
Advisor
Latham, William R.
Committee member
Hastings, Steven E.; Mulligan, James G.; Yatawara, Ravindra
University/institution
University of Delaware
Department
Department of Economics
University location
United States -- Delaware
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3277850
ProQuest document ID
304861213
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304861213
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