Is China holding up half the scientific and technological sky?

Is China holding up half the scientific and technological sky?

This event is hosted by Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) in conjunction with the Department of Economics.

Assessing China's increase in scientific papers and patents

Join Professor Richard Freeman for his presentation on the unprecedented growth of China's scientific papers and patents, its impact on productivity and the potential benefits for Australia.

About the seminar

From the turn of 21st century, China has increased its scientific publications and patents at unprecedented rates, becoming number one or two in scientific publications and number one in numbers of patents in the world.

The extent to which the statistics on numbers of papers and patents reflect a genuine movement of China to the frontier of knowledge and innovation depends on whether the quality of papers and patents are comparable to those in advanced countries.

Professor Freeman will show that international statistics understate China's contribution to global science by neglecting its contribution in the Chinese language science literature indexed by the CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure). He will also show that Chinese patents have a similar impact on productivity and the share of new products of Chinese firms as US or EU patents have on comparable US and EU measures.

Professor Freeman will conclude by examining how Australia might best benefit from the emergence of China as "half the scientific and technological sky".


Monday July 17, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm, followed by drinks and canap├ęs
Room 101, MGSM. 99 Talavera Road, Macquaire Park
Free parking is available, please note in your booking email.
By Friday July 14, 2017

About Professor Freeman

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.

Professor Freeman received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded the IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) Prize in Labor Economics and in 2011 he was appointed Frances Perkins Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In 2016 he received the Global Equity Organization (GEO) Judges Award, honoring exceptional contribution towards the promotion of global employee share ownership and in the same year was also named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Professor Freeman's research interests include the job market for scientists and engineers; the transformation of scientific ideas into innovations; Chinese labor markets; the effects of immigration and trade on inequality; and forms of labour market representation and shared capitalism.

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