China's Regional Development: Review and Prospect

 
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China is a large developing economy and it has been deeply involved in globalization since its economic reform and opening-up. Simultaneously, China has seen a significant change in the spatial distribution of economic resources, especially capital and labor. In the recent 10 years, economists have made significant progress in both theoretical and empirical studies on related topics.

The book provides an overview on the existing literature and current policy debates on what we have known and what we have misunderstood. This book includes an analytical framework of the New Economic Geography (NEG) with political economy to help us understand China’s regional development issues. The book of 10 chapters is organized into four thematic sections. The first section is a theoretical discussion on the relationship between economic agglomeration and interregional balanced development. The second section is a political economy analysis on regional and urban-rural development. The third section provides a summary on empirical literatures concerning from market segmentation and institutional barriers to production factor mobility. The final section consists of four empirical chapters on the relationship between agglomeration and balance, which is the core of relevant policy debates.

The book argues that for China to achieve both efficiency and balance for regional development, China may need to reform its systems which constrain production factors mobility. This book is a valuable reference for readers who are interested in spatial economics and the Chinese economy, especially its regional and urban development.

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Ming Lu is Professor of Economics and Director of Center for Industrial Development Studies at Fudan University, China. He is also Research Fellow of Peking University-Lincoln Institute and Adjunct Professor of Zhejiang University. He has consulted for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Fudan University. His recent research covers Labor Economics (income distribution, and migration), Regional and Urban Economics (urbanization, and regional development) and Social Economics (social network and economic development).

Zhao Chen is Professor of Economics and Deputy Director of China Centre for Economic Studies at Fudan University, China. His recent research covers development economics (urbanization, migration, income inequality), industrial economics (industry policy, FDI, Outward FDI) and political economy (political connections).

Xiwei Zhu is Associate Professor of Economics at Center for Research of Private Economy, Zhejiang University, China. He obtained his PhD in economics from Zhejiang University in 2005. Currently, his main research interests are new economic geography, industrial organization and international trade.

Xianxiang Xu is Professor of Economics and Chair of Economics department at Sun Yat-sen University, China. His recent research covers economic growth and political elite.

 

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"According to the foreword by Jacque Thisse, China's current economic situation is particularly well- suited to study in the framework of economic geography, which takes into account migration, transportation, and spatial considerations regarding growth, development, and disparities. Ten contributions by Chinese economists address the broad themes of economic agglomeration and interregional development, political economy and analysis, segmentation and integration, and agglomeration and balance." - Book News "The book China's Regional Development - Review and Prospect is a collection of ten chapters organized in four parts: economic agglomeration and regional development, political economy and analysis, segmentation and integration, and agglomeration and balance. Empirical evidence adds to the richness of the presentation throughout the book. The book addresses forces that have promoted agglomeration of industries in the eastern provinces of China and those that have hindered regional development in the central and western provinces... Ultimately, this book addresses the implications of rapid industrialization for regional development in a country where politics and economics are interconnected, institutional constraints limit interregional trade in favor of export market development, migration policies create segmentation of labor in cities, and a complex interaction of social-political-geographic issues underlie the perpetuation of regional uneven development in the face of rapid wealth creation." - Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Professor, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, U.S.A.

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