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China's Sustained Economic Growth: Do Direct R&D Spillovers Matter?


  • Renai Jiang
  • Hong Cai
  • Yali Li
  • Hong Li


Using data from 1986-2005, the present paper estimates the impact of direct knowledge spilled over from G-7 countries on China's economy. We use telephone line penetration rates and personnel flows to estimate the direct spillover effect. Our results show that direct knowledge spillovers through telecommunication networks and personnel flows are important components of international R&D spillovers in China. These direct channels of spillover effectively accelerate China's economic growth. Therefore, China should invest more in human capital and in its telecommunication network to enhance the absorptive capacity of direct R&D spillovers, and to increase communication with other nations, in particular the USA and Japan. More subsidies to domestic R&D research and purchase of intermediate goods will help to raise China's R&D intensity. Copyright (c) 2010 The Authors China & World Economy (c) 2010 Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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  • Renai Jiang & Hong Cai & Yali Li & Hong Li, 2010. "China's Sustained Economic Growth: Do Direct R&D Spillovers Matter?," China & World Economy, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, vol. 18(5), pages 37-53.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:chinae:v:18:y:2010:i:5:p:37-53

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