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Industrialization and Territorial Unbalances: An Explorative Analysis of the Chinese Case


  • Marco R. Di Tommaso
  • Angela Sarcina
  • Stefano Bonnini


The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between industrialization, territoriesand policies in a specific area of China, namely Guangdong. We will attempt to testthe hypothesis discussed in the literature of a process of industrialization geographically unbalancedthat in the last few decades has emphasized the dualism between central areas andperipheral areas of the province. The study is developed in two phases. In the first one, thearea of Guangdong is divided in two parts, prd and non-prd. In this case we test the hypothesisthat both performances and policies are more homogeneous in the prd rather than in thenon-prd. This hypothesis is partially confirmed by the statistic tests. We then proceed we thesecond phase where the territory is further divided into 7 areas. Statistical tests show that theInner prd is actually the most industrialized area of the region. As concerns the policy intervention,data seem to confirm a shift in the distribution of policies from the center to theperiphery. Thus, what we present in this paper illustrates a path of industrialization that hasdeveloped a number of differences between territories.

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  • Marco R. Di Tommaso & Angela Sarcina & Stefano Bonnini, 2013. "Industrialization and Territorial Unbalances: An Explorative Analysis of the Chinese Case," L'industria, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 449-470.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:j0hje1:doi:10.1430/74603:y:2013:i:3:p:449-470

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