Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation includes three essays which contribute to the literature on economic growth, innovation, and international trade in China. Chapter 2 examines the implication of early economic prosperity, measured by the city-level population density in 1776, for modern day China. It shows that uneven economic performance across cities in the modern-day China can be traced to variation in living standards in 1776. Chapter 3 investigates the effects of innovation and human capital on firms’ export decisions over the 2003-2011 period, and it shows that more innovative and skill-intensive firms are more likely to export and stay in the export market. Finally, Chapter 4 investigates the impact of devoting resources to R&D and workers’ training on development of new products. I find that investment in R&D and workers’ training have positive and statistically highly significant effects on the introduction of new goods.
Duan, Fan, "Essays on the Chinese Economy" (2019). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 4929.