Regional disparities and productivity in China: evidence from manufacturing micro data

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Rizov, M. and Zhang, X. 2014. Regional disparities and productivity in China: evidence from manufacturing micro data. Papers in Regional Science. 93 (2), pp. 321-340. https://doi.org/10.1111/pirs.12051
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TitleRegional disparities and productivity in China: evidence from manufacturing micro data
AuthorsRizov, M. and Zhang, X.
Abstract

In this paper we first estimate firm-specific total factor productivities within 2-digit manufacturing industries using a semi-parametric algorithm and micro data for the period 2000–2007. Next, to characterize regional disparities in China we compute aggregate productivity by the categories of three regional typologies, based on population density, coastal-inland, and rural-urban criteria. We analyse the productivity differentials across the categories of the typologies by decomposing regional productivity level and growth into productivity effect and industry composition effect. We find clear evidence of regional convergence. Besides density of economic activity, recent policy and structural factors seem to affect regional productivity level and growth differentials.

KeywordsProductivity, regional disparities, inequality, convergence, China, micro data
PublisherWileyBlackwell
JournalPapers in Regional Science
ISSN1056-8190
Electronic1435-5957
Publication dates
Online05 Aug 2013
Print09 Jun 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Nov 2014
Accepted15 May 2013
Output statusPublished
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Rizov, Marian and Zhang, Xufei (2014) Regional disparities and productivity in China: evidence from manufacturing micro data. Papers in Regional Science, 93 (2). pp. 321-340, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pirs.12051. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/pirs.12051
LanguageEnglish
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