Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0197-3975(02)00034-6
Title: Testing hypotheses on construction and development using data on China's provinces, 1990-2000
Authors: Ofori, G. 
Han, S.S. 
Keywords: China
Construction
Economic development
Employment
Turin model
Issue Date: 2003
Source: Ofori, G., Han, S.S. (2003). Testing hypotheses on construction and development using data on China's provinces, 1990-2000. Habitat International 27 (1) : 37-62. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0197-3975(02)00034-6
Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between construction activity and economic development at the provincial level in the Peoples' Republic of China. It also examines variations in the mix of construction outputs among the provinces as they achieve increasing levels of development. It is argued that the analysis of provincial construction outputs and levels of economic development provides additional insights into the debate on the wider relationship between construction activity and economic development as posited by Turin in his seminal studies during the 1960s and 1970s. Since these seminal works many researchers have also sought to explain the relationship between construction activity and economic development. Turin's model is of this relationship and although some studies only provide qualified support for this hypothesis, it is generally agreed that there is a causal link between construction activity and economic development within countries as they develop their economies. Most of these studies have been based on the use of international cross-sectional data from countries at different stages of development to infer an assumed relationship within an individual country over time. In this study, similar data are analyzed to examine these relationships at the provincial level within a large country, each of these provinces being at significantly differing levels of development. Since it adopted policies of economic reform in the late 1970s, China has realized considerable economic progress. However, this has varied significantly among the provinces and regions. Consequently, data demonstrating developments in China's wider economy and its construction activity at the provincial level can be used to test the applicability of the Turin hypothesis within a country that has undergone significant developments over such a short period of time. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Habitat International
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/46051
ISSN: 01973975
DOI: 10.1016/S0197-3975(02)00034-6
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