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China's Reforms and Regional Inequality

Sayegh, Walid LU (2011) EKHR31 20111
Department of Economic History
Abstract
China’ growth over its transition period was characterized by unequal distribution of growth, which took many forms but was most evident between rural and urban areas, and between Coastal and Inland provinces. In this study, I will mainly focus on the Inland-Coastal Divide and try to measure whether inequality between Eastern and Western Provinces continued to widen between 2000 and 2009. In order to do so, I use panel data on six Chinese provinces representing the two regions, and try to determine whether conditional convergence occurred over the period. The conditional variables employed are proxies that identify China’s reforms during its transition period to market economy. The model estimations suggest that growth across provinces is... (More)
China’ growth over its transition period was characterized by unequal distribution of growth, which took many forms but was most evident between rural and urban areas, and between Coastal and Inland provinces. In this study, I will mainly focus on the Inland-Coastal Divide and try to measure whether inequality between Eastern and Western Provinces continued to widen between 2000 and 2009. In order to do so, I use panel data on six Chinese provinces representing the two regions, and try to determine whether conditional convergence occurred over the period. The conditional variables employed are proxies that identify China’s reforms during its transition period to market economy. The model estimations suggest that growth across provinces is still highly dependant on government expenditure, the rate of privatization, and infrastructure. Foreign direct investment shows a less robust effect, although its outcome is evident in other province-specific variables. (Less)
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author
Sayegh, Walid LU
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organization
course
EKHR31 20111
year
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
China, Inequality, Convergence, Reforms
language
English
id
2172337
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2011-11-28 08:48:16
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  abstract     = {China’ growth over its transition period was characterized by unequal distribution of growth, which took many forms but was most evident between rural and urban areas, and between Coastal and Inland provinces. In this study, I will mainly focus on the Inland-Coastal Divide and try to measure whether inequality between Eastern and Western Provinces continued to widen between 2000 and 2009. In order to do so, I use panel data on six Chinese provinces representing the two regions, and try to determine whether conditional convergence occurred over the period. The conditional variables employed are proxies that identify China’s reforms during its transition period to market economy. The model estimations suggest that growth across provinces is still highly dependant on government expenditure, the rate of privatization, and infrastructure. Foreign direct investment shows a less robust effect, although its outcome is evident in other province-specific variables.},
  author       = {Sayegh, Walid},
  keyword      = {China,Inequality,Convergence,Reforms},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {China's Reforms and Regional Inequality},
  year         = {2011},
}