In this paper we examine whether China has benefited more from spending on R&D than other countries by conducting a meta-analysis of the relevant literature on a large number of countries at different stages of economic development. The results suggest that the growth-enhancing effect of R&D spending in China has been significantly weaker than that of other countries. It is thus unlikely that R&D spending has been successful as a key contributing factor to economic growth in China.
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Ljungwall, C. & Gustavsson Tingvall, P. (2015). Is China different? A meta-analysis of the growth-enhancing effect from R&D spending in China. China Economic Review, 36, 272–278. DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2015.10.001