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Growth of Villages in China, 1990-2002

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  • Hiroshi Sato

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This paper examines the economic and noneconomic determinants of growth disparity among Chinese villages between 1990 and 2002. By estimating a growth equation, first, we confirm a significant positive effect of the initial level of human capital, as well as the initial condition of physical infrastructure. Second, social capital measured by the degree of stable social relations at the village level is also a significant growth-promoting factor. The policy implications of our findings are that public policy promoting social stability in rural areas should be strengthened, as well as increasing financial support for rural education and infrastructure construction, especially in lower income regions.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series with number gd08-023.

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Handle: RePEc:hst:ghsdps:gd08-023

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Keywords: regional disparity; growth regression; social capital; rural China;

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  1. Hiroshi Sato & Sai Ding, 2012. "Local Public Goods Provision in the Post-Agricultural Tax Era in Rural China," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd11-222, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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