, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 85–101 | Cite as

Efficiency evaluation of basic research in China

  • Wei Meng
  • Zhenhua Hu
  • Wenbin Liu


Following the increasing investment on basic research in China, the outputs of basic research have been greatly enhanced. In this paper, the relative efficiency of investments in basic research is analyzed by adopting statistical regressions and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method. Preliminary results show that injected investment seems to be the main driving force for the increased basic research outputs in China. It is found that there were significant improvements on overall efficiency from 1991 to 1996, although this trend has noticeably slowed down since 1996. Possible causes of this slow-down are discussed.


Data Envelopment Analysis Efficiency Score Research Output Data Envelopment Analysis Model National Innovation System 
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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Meng
    • 1
  • Zhenhua Hu
    • 2
  • Wenbin Liu
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  2. 2.Business School, Central South University
  3. 3.Centre for Anglo-Chinese Business and Management, KBS, University of Kent

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