, Volume 119, Issue 2, pp 721–747 | Cite as

Spatial spillovers and value chain spillovers: evaluating regional R&D efficiency and its spillover effects in China

  • Xionghe Qin
  • Debin DuEmail author
  • Mei-Po Kwan


Research and development (R&D) efficiency assessment is an effective way for policymakers to develop strategies to increase the beneficial impacts of R&D. This study measures regional R&D efficiency from a multi-stage R&D perspective. It examines the spatial spillover effects and value chain spillover effects of R&D using panel data from 2009 to 2016 for 30 provinces in China. By estimating a spatial Durbin model, we find evidence of strong spatial dependence in R&D efficiency in China. With respect to R&D value chain effects, we find that R&D value chain spillovers took place intra-regionally but not inter-regionally. This finding indicates that in a knowledge flow context, there are two-way R&D value chain spillovers in which the forward spillover effects are stronger than the backward spillover effects. This finding adds important new knowledge to research on knowledge spillovers: distinguishing between value chain spillovers and spatial spillovers opens new avenues for future empirical inquiries.


R&D efficiency Spatial spillover effects R&D value chain spillover Network DEA Spatial Durbin model China 



Funding was provided by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41471108) and Peak Discipline Construction Project of Education at East China Normal University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Educational Policy Research, Faculty of EducationEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.School of Urban and Regional ScienceEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Department of Geography and Geographic Information ScienceUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Human Geography and Spatial PlanningUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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