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Industrial productivity and convergence in Chinese regions: The effects of entering the world trade organisation

  • Martí, Luisa
  • Puertas, Rosa
  • Fernández, J. Ismael
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    Chinese economic growth is tremendously important, both due to how fast it is occurring and also its effect on the world economy as a whole. The size of the economy and the rate at which it is growing has opened up significant internal regional differences that are visible in the trends displayed by industry as the main exponent of this growth. This article analyses regional differences in industrial productivity using a dynamic approach (Malmquist index), that is, by determining regional productivity growth as well as the change in value added inequality from one region to another (sigma and beta convergence). Both approaches distinguish between the periods dating from 1995 to 2000 and 2001 to 2006, respectively, in order to analyse the possible impact on industry of China becoming a member of the World Trade Organisation.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Asian Economics.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 128-141

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