Changing Labor Market Project

Richard Freeman

China’s “Great Leap Forward” in Science and Engineering

June 20, 2017

in Vox China
By Richard Freeman, LWP Faculty Director, Professor, Harvard University 

"This essay argues that because of its huge population, China’s Great Leap Forward in science and engineering has the magnitude (Freeman and Huang, 2015) mindful of the United States’ post-World War II ascendance in global science. China’s economic impact should put to rest debates over whether a one-party state with a sometimes overweening government can be truly innovative (Wei, Xie, and Zhang, 2017). As long as China’s eye is on the prize of knowledge, it will be a global leader in innovation in the next decade. "