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The paradox of unequal regional investment and equal regional economic growth in China

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  • Gustav Kristensen

    (Institute of Statistics and Demography, Sdr. Boulevard 23-2, SDU - Odense University, DK-5000 Odense C, Denmark)

  • Jie Zhang

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    (AKF - Institute of Local Government Studies - Denmark, Nyropsgade 37, DK-1602 Copenhagen V, Denmark)

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    China's policy on Special Economic Zones has attracted increasing flows of direct foreign investment to China. The investment has been very unequally distributed among China's 30 regions. The article focuses on the regional economic growth as a result of the direct foreign investment in the region and its spillover effects on neighboring regions. The unequal distribution of direct foreign investment should in principle tend to enlarge the regional economic differences. The article, however, shows that this is not the result of the investment. The empirical findings highlight the impact of direct foreign investment on the Chinese regional economies in transition.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 637-655

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:35:y:2001:i:4:p:637-655

    Note: Received: November 2000/Accepted: August 2001
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