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China's Regional Inequality in Innovation Capability, 1995-2004

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  • Fan, Peilei
  • Wan, Guanghua

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Relying on a recently developed decomposition framework, this paper explores spatial distribution of innovation capability in China. It is found that at the regional level, China's inequality in innovation capability increased from 1995 to 2004. At the provincial level, the inequality decreased from 1995 to 2000, but increased from 2000 to 2004. Location, industrialization and urbanization, human capital, and openness (foreign direct investment) are significant contributors to the inequality in innovation capability. Unbalanced development in high-tech parks exerts a growing explanatory power in driving innovation disparity, which implies that institutional factor plays a direct role.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number RP2006/153.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:rp2006-153

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Keywords: innovation; regional disparity; inequality; decomposition; Asia; China;

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