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International and Intranational Technological Spillovers and Productivity Growth in China


  • Xiaolan Fu

    (Director of Sanjaya Lall, Programme for Technology and Management for Development, Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB, UK.)

  • Yundan Gong

    (Aston Business School, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK.)


Technological spillovers from foreign direct investment (FDI) have been regarded as a major source of technical progress and productivity growth. This paper explores the role of international and intranational technological spillovers from FDI in technical change, efficiency improvement, and total factor productivity growth in Chinese manufacturing firms using a recent Chinese manufacturing firm-level panel data set over the 2001-05 period. International industry-specific research and development (R&D) stock is linked to the Chinese firm-level data, international R&D spillovers from FDI and intranational technological spillovers of R&D activities by foreign invested firms in China are examined as well. Policy implications are discussed. (c) 2009 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Xiaolan Fu & Yundan Gong, 2009. "International and Intranational Technological Spillovers and Productivity Growth in China," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 8(2), pages 1-23, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:8:y:2009:i:2:p:1-23

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    1. Ippei Fujiwara & Keisuke Otsu & Masashi Saito, 2008. "The Global Impact of Chinese Growth," IMES Discussion Paper Series 08-E-22, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan.
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