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Regional effects of technological transition in China how relatedness and integration shape provincial development

: Kroll, Henning; Neuhäusler, Peter


Asian Journal of Technology Innovation 28 (2020), No.1, pp.138-161
ISSN: 1976-1597
ISSN: 2158-6721
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISI ()
catch-up; China; patenting; related variety; technology portfolio

Based on a newly compiled set of Chinese data, this paper puts established assumptions on the role of technological variety in perspective. It does so from two main angles. First, by documenting whether, in China, the technological variety has played a similar role for regional development as in Western economies. Second, by exploring how, more recently, this may change as China transitions towards an innovation-driven economy. In summary, its findings suggest that, while technological variety has indeed so far mattered differently for China’s regional development, more recently, first traces of systemic change can be identified in both evolution of related variety and its emerging impact on aspects of regional development.