Spatial Convergence in China: 1952–99

Patricio A. Aroca, Dong Guo, Geoffrey J.D. Hewings

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This chapter examines the convergence process in China by taking into account spatial interactions. It shows that there has been a dramatic increase in the spatial dependence of China's per capita GDP in the last twenty years. The space thus plays an important role, in the sense that economic conditions of one province affect growths of its neighbours. Results indicate that regional distribution of GDP has gone from one of convergence to stratification, and from stratification to polarization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInequality and Growth in Modern China
EditorsGuangha Wan
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191715730
ISBN (Print)9780199535194
StatePublished - May 1 2008


  • GDP
  • Polarization
  • Spatial effects
  • Stratification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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