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

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. ISSN 1056-8190

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 5 Aug 2013
Keywords (uncontrolled): Productivity, regional disparities, inequality, convergence, China, micro data
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 13849
Notes on copyright: 24 month embargo. Set statement - This is the accepted 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://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pirs.12051/abstract
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Depositing User: Marian Rizov
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 17:03
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:31
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13849

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