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China’s prospects as an innovative country: an industrial economics perspective

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  • Yu, J.

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Nijkamp, P.

Abstract

The recently announced Independent Innovation Strategy (IIS) signifies the climax of China’s technology catch-up effort during the past 30 years. This paper investigates the efficacy of, and prospects for this effort by reviewing comments from the relevant literature, by conducting a theoretical analysis based on industrial economics and by testing hypotheses with the latest empirical evidence. Our results suggest a bleak prospect for IIS if the Chinese government retains its excessive administrative protection of state-owned enterprises, and a long struggle ahead for China to finally push further into the technology frontier.

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  • Yu, J. & Nijkamp, P., 2008. "China’s prospects as an innovative country: an industrial economics perspective," Serie Research Memoranda 0009, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
  • Handle: RePEc:vua:wpaper:2008-9
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    Keywords

    state monopoly; R&D; independent innovation; state-owned enterprise;

    JEL classification:

    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions

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