Innovation or introduction? The impact of technological progress sources on industrial green transformation of resource-based cities in China

Wancheng Xie, Taihua Yan, Senmao Xia, Fengzhang Chen

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Abstract

With the increasingly prominent problems of global resource consumption and environmental pollution, industrial green transformation has become one of the requirements of China's industrial development in the new era. However, there is a lack of research on the impact of technological innovation and technology introduction on the industrial green transformation of resource-based cities. To bridge this gap, this study uses the panel data of 115 resource-based cities in China from 2003 to 2016, and uses the dynamic panel generalized method of moments (GMM) estimation method to study the impact of technological innovation and technology introduction on industrial green transformation of resource-based cities. The results show that technology introduction has a negative effect on the industrial green transformation of resource-based cities, while technological innovation can have a positive effect. Meanwhile, technology introduction has imparted a greater role to technological innovation in promoting this transformation. In addition, the interactive effects between technological innovation and technology introduction have obvious heterogeneity on the industrial green transformation of different types of resource-based cities. Therefore, resource-based cities should continue to increase investment in scientific research, to constantly improve and consolidate their technological innovation ability, optimise foreign investment strategy in technology introduction, and strengthen the digestion and absorption of imported technology, while increasing technological innovation, and personnel training.
Original languageEnglish
Article number598141
JournalFrontiers in Energy Research
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2020

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Copyright © 2020 Xie, Yan, Xia and Chen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

Funder

This research was supported by MOE (Ministry of Education in China) Project of Humanities and Social Science (Project NO.17YJC790024)

Keywords

  • China
  • industrial green transformation
  • resource-based cities
  • technological innovation
  • technology introduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Economics and Econometrics

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