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The territorial dynamics of innovation in China and India

Crescenzi, Riccardo and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Storper, Michael (2012) The territorial dynamics of innovation in China and India. Journal of Economic Geography, 12 (5). pp. 1055-1085. ISSN 1468-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jeg/lbs020


This article analyses the geography of innovation in China and India. Using a tailor-made panel database for regions in these two countries, we show that both countries exhibit increasingly strong polarization of innovative capacity in a limited number of urban areas. But the factors behind this polarization and the strong contrasts in innovative capacity between the provinces and states within both countries are quite different. In China, the concentration of innovation is fundamentally driven by agglomeration forces, linked to population, industrial specialization and infrastructure endowment. Innovative areas in China, rather than generate knowledge spillovers, seem to produce strong backwash effects. In India, by contrast, innovation is much more dependent on a combination of good local socioeconomic structures and investment in science and technology. Indian innovation hubs also generate positive knowledge spillovers to other regions.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 13:29
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014 15:27
Projects: 269869
Funders: ESPON 2013-KIT Project, LSE-SERC, European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework, Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship

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