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Title: The spatial aspects of recent economic development in China
Keywords: Regional development, regional specialization, industrial concentration, industry mobility, new economic geography, China
Issue Date: 25-May-2009
Citation: WU JIANFENG (2009-05-25). The spatial aspects of recent economic development in China. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis examines the trends in China's regional development and the underlying driving forces by adopting the framework of urban economics and new economic geography (NEG). It is divided into three parts to investigate regional specialization, industrial concentration, and regional divergence in China during its transition period. It confirms the important role of agglomeration forces in shaping these aspects of recent economic development in China. Decreasing localism and increasing regional integration has enabled agglomeration forces to have a fuller impact on regional specialization and industrial concentration. Although the forces of concentration contributed to the widening regional disparity, the research findings suggest that the growth in the coastal regions in China will spread to the interior regions as the domestic market becomes more integrated.
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