Count on the growth pole strategy for regional economic growth? Spread-backwash effects in greater central China

Shanzi Ke, Edward Feser

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Abstract

KE S. and FESER E. Count on the growth-pole strategy for regional economic growth? Spread-backwash effects in Greater Central China. Regional Studies. This paper investigates spread-backwash effects associated with non-agricultural gross domestic product and employment growth across 922 cities and counties in Central China between 2000 and 2005. Simultaneous equation estimates find mixed spread-backwash effects from prefecture and higher-level cities to comparable or lower-level cities and counties. Spread effects of gross domestic product and employment growths are also indicated between county-level cities. However, county-level cities exerted backwash effects on rural counties. The paper discusses the implications of these findings in relation to the construction of urban economic growth zones in Central China as an important strategy of Central Rise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1131-1147
Number of pages17
JournalRegional Studies
Volume44
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2010

Keywords

  • Central china
  • Growth pole
  • Spatial econometrics
  • Spread-backwash

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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