PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (2): 149-155.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2012.02.003

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Relationships between Scientific & Technological Resources and Regional Economic Development in China

NIU Fangqu1,2, LIUWeidong1,2   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2011-05-01 Revised:2011-07-01 Online:2012-02-25 Published:2012-02-25

Abstract: The 21st century is an era of knowledge. In China, to increase the innovation capacity and accelerate the economic development, every province is now injecting a great deal of investment in scientific & technological resources (STR). But only when STR produces outputs can it increase the economic progress. Classifying the regional STR into three groups: national, regional, and enterprise scales, we quantify regional STR, and analyze its spatial distribution. Based on the evaluation of regional economic development, we study the relationship between regional economy and STR. As a whole, the STR has a positive correlation with the economy level. It is not the same in different provinces. So it remains to be solved on how to deploy scientific & technological resources according to economy level and how to make full use of investment to boost economy. There is a need for further research on the driving mechanism between STR and economy to make relevant policies.

Key words: correlation, economic evaluation, innovation capacity, scientific & technological resources