Working Paper No. 233. Christer Ljungwalla and Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall. (2014) Is China Different? A Meta-Analysis of the Growth-enhancing Effect from R&D Spending in China.
Abstract: 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.