China’s Patent Explosion

Published on: 2017-03-17

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This is an IAS Distinguished lecture, co-organized by the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study and HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies.

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Abstract

In the 2000s China moved from modest contributor to global patents to become the number one patent producing country in the world. What is quality of Chinese patents compared to those of US/other countries? To what extent is China’s patent growth frontier inventions vs catch-up of products new to China but not the world? What is the relation of patents with economic outcomes? This talk will answer these questions with statistical and case evidence.

About the Speaker

Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University.

He is currently serving as Faculty Co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance.

He directs the National Bureau of Economic Research / Sloan Science Engineering Workforce Projects, and is Co-Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities.

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