China's “Great Leap Forward�? in Science and Engineering

  title={China's “Great Leap Forward�? in Science and Engineering},
  author={R. Freeman and W. Huang},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • R. Freeman, W. Huang
  • Published 2015
  • History, Engineering
  • NBER Working Paper Series
  • In the past two decades China leaped from bit player in global science and engineering (S&E) to become the world's largest source of S&E graduates and the second largest spender on R&D and second largest producer of scientific papers. As a latecomer to modern science and engineering, China trailed the US and other advanced countries in the quality of its universities and research but was improving both through the mid-2010s. This paper presents evidence that China's leap benefited greatly from… CONTINUE READING
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