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The Geographic Pattern of China's Growth and Convergence within Industry

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  • Françoise Lemoine
  • Grégoire Mayo
  • Sandra Poncet
  • Deniz Ünal

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Since the mid-2000s, the center of gravity of China's economic growth has shifted from the coastline to the inland and the gap in GDP per capita between the two areas has narrowed. This macroeconomic catch-up reflects, with a time lag, the convergence process which has been at work in manufacturing industry since the end of the 1990s and suggests that China is becoming increasingly integrated in terms of technological level. This pattern is in line with a process whereby the inland catches up the labor productivity level of the coast thanks to the transfer of technology and capital from these most advanced regions.

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Paper provided by CEPII research center in its series Working Papers with number 2014-04.

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Date of creation: Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:cii:cepidt:2014-04

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Keywords: China; Regional inequality; Manufacturing industry; Convergence; Growth;

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