Innovation is considered critical to sustained development both in Europe and in China. At the Lisbon summit in March 2000, the European Union decided to become by the year 2010 the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world through innovation. The revised Lisbon strategy, re-launched in Spring 2005, was more clearly focused on economic growth and job creation (employment). Reminiscent of the objectives of the European Lisbon strategy, China established a set of ambitious goals for R&D, innovation and sustainable development in its recently announced “2006-2020 Chinese National Science and Technology Development Strategy”.  Given the prime importance of these two, possibly conflicting, goals in both economies, a comparative research between China and Europe on the importance of innovation for employment and welfare is of great interest, especially in the context of intensified global competition. The aim of this project is to compare employment and welfare effects of innovation in China and three European countries (Germany, France, the Netherlands) by using a common econometric framework. The analysis will make use of large firm-level panel data sets in all four countries. The results of the econometric analysis together with the examination and comparison of the diverse policy practices in Europe and China will facilitate policy recommendations with regard to innovation, employment and welfare.

This project is part of the CO-REACH network. CO-REACH is a network of European science and technology policy and funding organisations (ERA-NET).  The aim of CO-REACH is to stimulate joint research between Europe and China by supporting collaborative research initiatives in thematic areas in the social sciences and humanities. More information can be found here.

Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Hou, Jun , Can Huang, Georg Licht, Jacques Mairesse, Benoit Mulkay, Pierre Mohnen, Bettina Peters, Yilin Wu, Yanyun Zhao and Feng Zhen (2019), Does innovation stimulate employment? Evidence from China France, Germany, and the Netherlands , Industrial and Corporate Change 28(1), 109–121. Download

Project duration

01.09.2009 - 30.11.2011

Contact
Project members

Prof. Dr. Bettina Peters (Coordinator)
Dr. Georg Licht

Departments

Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics

Cooperation partner

Prof. Pierre Mohnen, PhD, United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-Merit) (Pricipal Investigator Europe), Maastricht, NL
Prof. Pei-Yong Gao, PhD, Institute of Finance and Trade Economics and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) (Pricipal Investigator China), Beijing, CN
Can Huang, PhD, United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-Merit), Maastricht, NL
Yilin Wu, United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-Merit), Maastricht, NL
Prof. Dr. Jacques Mairesse, Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique (CREST), Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE), Paris, FR
Prof. Benoit Mulkay, PhD, Laboratoire d’Etude et de Recherche sur l’Economie, les Politiques et les Systèmes Sociaux (LEREPS) Université de Toulouse and Université de Montpellier, FR, Toulouse/Montpellier, FR
De-Hua Wang, PhD, Institute of Finance and Trade Economics Economics and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, CN
Zhi-Yong Yang, PhD, Institute of Finance and Trade Economics Economics and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, CN
Prof. Yan-yun Zhao, PhD, Centre for Applied Statistics, Renmin University of China, Beijing, CN
Prof. Feng ZHEN, PhD, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, CN