Social Science Seminar - Experimenting with Entrepreneurship: Government, Globalization, and the Rise of Tech Startups in China
10:30am - 12:00pm
Online Via Zoom

A flourishing tech startup ecosystem, including the world’s second largest venture capital market, has become an increasingly important component of China’s economic rise. Yet the rise of vibrant tech startups in China and its impact on the country’s high-tech development have received limited scholarly attention. Drawing from extensive fieldwork and using multiple methods, I show that the Chinese state’s institutional innovation helped to create a vibrant and distinctive tech startup ecosystem in which the state harnesses venture capital for industrial policy. In addition, increasing state support of entrepreneurial experimentation encouraged the creation of new niches in global high-tech industries like semiconductors. The finding that China has creatively combined state guidance and private initiatives to improve its position in the global economy challenges the public-private divide in the political economy literature and reveals a new mode of development distinct from past models.

Online Via Zoom
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Yan Xu is a Teaching Fellow in Political Science at the MA Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. His research interests are comparative and international political economy, with focuses on China and high-tech industries.


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Speakers / Performers:
Dr Yan XU
Teaching Fellow, MA Program in the Social Sciences, The University of Chicago
Division of Social Science