Explaining Spatial Convergence of China’s Industrial Productivity
AbstractThis paper investigates the conditions that may auger a reversal of China’s increasingly unequal levels of regional industrial productivity during China’s first two decades of economic reform. Using international and Chinese firm and industry data over the period 1995-2004, we estimate a productivity growth-technology gap reaction function. We find that as China’s coastal industry has closed the technology gap with the international frontier relative to interior regions, labor productivity growth in the coastal region has begun to slow in relation to the interior. This may serve as an early indicator of China’s initial movement toward reversing the widespread income inequality.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Brandeis University, Department of Economics and International Businesss School in its series Working Papers with number 32.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Inequality; Economic Growth; Productivity Convergence; Regional Disparity; Sustainability; China; International Comparison of Productivity (ICOP);
Other versions of this item:
- Paul D. Deng & Gary H. Jefferson, 2011. "Explaining Spatial Convergence of China's Industrial Productivity," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 73, pages 818-832, December.
- O4 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
- O18 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
- O30 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
- R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-09-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2011-09-05 (Business Economics)
- NEP-DEV-2011-09-05 (Development)
- NEP-EFF-2011-09-05 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-GEO-2011-09-05 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-TRA-2011-09-05 (Transition Economics)
- NEP-URE-2011-09-05 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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- Gary H. Jefferson & Albert G. Z. Hu & Jian Su, 2006. "The Sources and Sustainability of China's Economic Growth," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 37(2), pages 1-60.
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