Has R&D contributed to productivity in China? The role of basic, applied and experimental R&D activities in China

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 03 September 2021


Online via Zoom


Sudyumna Dahal

We estimate the effect of three types of Research and Development (R&D) activities on Total Factor Productivity (TFP) across the Chinese provinces during 1998-2018. We use novel data at the provincial level in China and apply the panel data cointegration and spatial regression approaches. Our empirical results, robust to different specifications and control variables, show a significant positive effect of overall R&D stock on productivity. However, when disaggregated between basic, applied and experimental, we find that the positive effect has emanated from experimental R&D stock. No significant results or negative results when significant are observed for basic R&D stock.

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