The Impact of U.S.-China Tensions on U.S. Science

34 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2022

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Ruixue Jia

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - 21st Century China Center

Margaret E. Roberts

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - 21st Century China Center

Ye Wang

School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

Eddie Yang

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

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Date Written: April 8, 2022

Abstract

This paper studies how recent investigations of foreign influence in research have affected the productivity of U.S. scientists in the field of life sciences. Using data from PubMed and Dimensions during 2010–2020, we compare scientists who collaborated with scientists in China during 2010–2014 with those who collaborated with scientists in other countries outside the U.S. By studying the publication records for over 102,000 scientists during 2015–2020, we find that the investigations coincide with a decline in the productivity of scientists with previous collaborations with scientists in China, especially when the quality of publications is considered. The decline is particularly salient for the fields with more pre-investigation NIH funding and U.S.-China collaborations. We also provide suggestive evidence that our findings matter for the aggregate productivity by fields for both the U.S. and China.

Keywords: china, science, china initiative

Suggested Citation

Jia, Ruixue and Roberts, Margaret E. and Wang, Ye and Yang, Eddie, The Impact of U.S.-China Tensions on U.S. Science (April 8, 2022). 21st Century China Center Research Paper No. 2022-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4081325 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4081325

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Margaret E. Roberts

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - 21st Century China Center ( email )

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La Jolla, CA 92093-0519
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Ye Wang

School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego ( email )

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United States

Eddie Yang

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

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La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

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