Title: Does government behaviour or enterprise investment improve regional innovation performance? - evidence from China

Authors: Ye Zheng; Wei Han; Ruoyu Yang

Addresses: School of Public Policy and Administration, Northwestern Polytechnical University, No. 127, West Youyi Road, Beilin District, Xi'an, 710072, China; School of Management, Northwestern Polytechnical University, No. 127, West Youyi Road, Beilin District, Xi'an, 710072, China ' Institute of Economics and Management, Henan Agricultural University, No. 15, Longzi Lake College Park, Zhengzhou Eastern New District, Zhengzhou, 450046, China; School of Economics and Management, Southwest Jiaotong University, No. 111, First Section, North of Second Ring Road, Chengdu, 610031, China ' School of Law, Civil Aviation University of China, No. 2898, Jinbei Road, Dongli District, Tianjin, 300300, China

Abstract: Whether government behaviour or enterprise investment promotes regional innovation performance more effectively remains unclear. This study empirically analyses Chinese panel data from 2008 to 2016 and examines the influences of the determination of high and new technology enterprises, enterprise R&D investment, and institutional environment on regional innovation performance. The results indicate that the determination of high and new technology enterprises has a limited positive effect on regional innovation performance, whereas enterprise R&D investment has a mostly positive significant effect. Furthermore, the institutional environment has a positive moderating effect on enterprise R&D investment relationships and a negative moderating effect on tax burden relationships. Moreover, all these relationships are affected by locational factors, particularly in the eastern region. Based on these findings, this study proposes corresponding policy suggestions.

Keywords: government behaviour; determination of HNTEs; enterprise tax burden; R&D investment; regional innovation performance; RIP.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2021.115266

International Journal of Technology Management, 2021 Vol.85 No.2/3/4, pp.274 - 296

Received: 23 Mar 2020
Accepted: 17 Nov 2020

Published online: 14 May 2021 *

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