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Responsible Research and Innovation and Its Implications for China
2017-12-05 11:32:00

*中国社科院世经政所CEEM(世界经济预测与政策模拟实验室)讨论稿,2017年12月4日

工作论文系列 2017.001

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Responsible Research and Innovation and Its Implications for China

Panpan Yang, Bing Han

Abstract

Responsible research and innovation (RRI) represents a new evolving approach to governing research and innovation that takes into account potential impacts on the environment and society. Most published studies on RRI focus on the social benefits of research and innovation through examining RRI’s definitions and approaches for its implementation. In contrast, the present study addresses the influence of RRI on economic growth, and discusses the situations in which RRI will benefit economies. Our study finds that for its implementation to be successful, RRI needs to meet certain conditions, and that its implementation is not always beneficial to economic growth. To achieve a better result from RRI as part of an innovation policy, each country should balance the push and pull power of RRI to make sure that it becomes a building block rather than a stumbling block for innovation, economic growth and social welfare. To assure that RRI can be successfully implemented, China needs to strengthen and improve the participation mechanisms for stakeholders in major scientific and technological innovative activities.

Key words: China’s innovation policy, economic growth, responsible research and innovation

JEL codes: C5, O4, O32, O38