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Regional Growth Differences in China for 1995-2013: An Empirical Integrative Analysis of their Sources

Wang, Hongbo and Rickman, Dan S. (2017): Regional Growth Differences in China for 1995-2013: An Empirical Integrative Analysis of their Sources.

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Abstract

An integrative analysis of several regional economic outcome variables in China for the period of 1995-2013 reveal the major sources of regional growth differences in China. Patterns of growth in population, per capita income, gross regional product, housing prices and changes in unemployment rates are identified using principal components analysis. Regression analysis of principal component scores is applied to identify geographic patterns in the sources of the growth. The analysis suggests that shifts in labor supply largely were responsible for the regional growth differences over the period, though shifts in labor demand were nearly equally as important. The results have implications for evaluating the success of regional development policies such as the Western Development Strategy.

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