How does financial development environment affect regional innovation capabilities? New perspectives from digital finance and institutional quality


  • Feiling Lu College of Letters & Science-Economics Dept, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, USA



Institutional quality, R&D input, Regional innovation ability, Threshold effect


Based on China's 30 provincial panel data from 2006 to 2018, this paper uses the spatial Durbin model to empirically study the influence path and transmission mechanism of financial development on regional technological innovation, and introduce digital finance environment, marketization degree, and government environmental management as an adjustment variable to verify its regulating effect on financial development and regional technological innovation. The study found that the overall promotion of digital finance to local technological innovation is not significant. Besides, the characteristics of ownership discrimination and weak risk appetite in the bank's medium and long-term credit market have led to its failure to promote regional technological innovation. In contrast, the stock market and bond market in direct financing channels have enhanced local innovation capabilities. When the external environmental system is used as the adjustment variable, the results show that an excellent digital finance development, marketization degree, and government environmental management can effectively and positively regulate the effect of financial development and technological innovation.


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How to Cite

Lu, F. (2023). How does financial development environment affect regional innovation capabilities? New perspectives from digital finance and institutional quality. Journal of Information Economics, 1(1), 31–46.