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Urban Transformation and Technology Spillovers: Evidence from China's Electric Apparatus Sector

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  • He, Ming

    () (Division of Economics, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

  • Chen, Yang

    () (Division of Economics, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

  • van Marrewijk, Charles

    () (Division of Economics, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

Abstract

We analyze the consequences of China's massive transformation of cities for firm-level productivity and technology spillovers at the detailed district/county level for the Electric Apparatus sector. We identify three types of regions (metro core, metro ring, and periphery) and three types of transformation variables (modernization, mobility, and economic regional disparity). Using a spatial autoregressive model which allows us to distinguish between spillovers within the region and between neighboring regions, and after controlling for the standard results found in the literature, we nd that: modernization and mobility contribute signifficantly to interregional technology spillovers with neighboring regions, while economic regional disparity signifficantly discourages such types of spillovers and instead encourages spillovers with firms within the region. Of the three transformation variables, disparity explains most of the variance in spillover e ects, followed by mobility and modernization.

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  • He, Ming & Chen, Yang & van Marrewijk, Charles, 2017. "Urban Transformation and Technology Spillovers: Evidence from China's Electric Apparatus Sector," RIEI Working Papers 2017-01, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Research Institute for Economic Integration.
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