The Economic Geography of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China

Over the last 30 years, China has experienced sharp economic growth and the emergence of a vast number of entrepreneurial firms. This project will examine China’s regional variations in entrepreneurship and will take advantage of emerging location-based big data to explore the determinants of their economic geography. Our research will combine urban economics, spatial analysis, and data science approaches to study how evolution of entrepreneurship interacts with public policy across spaces and to estimate the causal entrepreneurial effect of policy shocks. The research outcomes will provide insights for better understanding of the economic reform, relationship between entrepreneurial firms and government, and challenges faced by the Chinese economy, and will suggest policies that promote the local entrepreneurial behaviors and activities.