Innovation Policies and Regional Development in China

Authors: DANDAN LI*, , Yehua Dennis Wei, University of Utah
Topics: China, China, Urban Geography
Keywords: Technological innovation, innovation policies, regional innovation system, China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Senate Room, Omni, West
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Innovation policies as a key part of the innovation environment have become an important constituent of the national/regional innovation systems. This paper builds an analytic framework for various types of innovation policies and different output (knowledge and economic output) in China and Jiangsu Province. We find that: (1) Local innovation polices can be classified into 7 major categories and 21 sub-categories with Chinese characteristics. (2) The mainstreams of local policies are various according to economic development, and the spatial evolution of national policies is not obvious, which mainly concentrated in the southern Jiangsu (Sunan) region. (3) The time lag effect of various policies on knowledge output is longer than economic output and cumulative local policies have a prominent impact on both types of output with the help of VEC model. Furthermore, the model verifies the role of talents, innovation subjects, KIBS policies on output. (4) The questionnaire survey reinforces the reasons for the unsatisfactory implementation of the policies, such as insufficient innovation system reform, low level of policy awareness, and disconnected scientific research results from market demands. Our study suggests that China’s regional policy system should be more networked rather than being separated. Innovation policies should also focus on how to improve the role of the market in the allocation of innovative resources.

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