Patent Citations and Knowledge Spillovers: An Analysis of Chinese Patents Registered in the US

Yanrui Wu, University of Western Australia

Whether multinational corporations (MNCs) can foster knowledge spillovers to their host countries is a question of controversies. This paper is the first of its kind in the literature to examine knowledge spillovers in China by analyzing patent citation data. Our results show that Chinese privately owned corporations and MNCs from Western countries have all made important contributions to knowledge spillovers which vary by geographical locations and across industrial sectors. Western MNCs are also found to be less active in knowledge transfer in the electronics industry than in heavy industry, even though their market share is much greater in the former than in the latter. Thus, Western MNCs might have deliberately adopted a strategy of under-revealing their advanced technologies. In addition, the results show that corporations in the Yangtze River Delta region are more active in knowledge transfer than those in the surrounding areas of Beijing and Guangdong.

About the speaker
Professor Yanrui Wu is an economist specializing in development economics, international trade and applied econometrics. His research interests include the Asian economies (particularly, China and India), productivity analysis, economic growth, resource and environmental economics. He has published extensively in these fields. He is the author of several sole-authored books such as Productive Performance in Chinese Enterprises (Macmillan, 1996), China’s Consumer Revolution (Edward Elgar Publishers, 1999), The Macroeconomics of East Asian Growth (Edward Elgar Publishers, 2002), China’s Economic Growth (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), Productivity, Efficiency and Economic Growth in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Understanding Economic Growth in China and India (World Scientific Publishing, 2011). Prof Wu is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies (Routledge, UK), China Agricultural Economic Review (Emerald, UK) and East Asian Policy (National University of Singapore). He is also the General Editor of Advances in Chinese Economic Studies book series published by Edward Elgar Publishers, UK. His teaching interests include international economics, business econometrics and development economics.

Venue: UNU-MERIT Conference Room

Date: 18 October 2011

Time: 12:30 - 13:30