Information and Communication Technologies and Geographic Concentration of Manufacturing Industries: Evidence from China

25 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2008

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Junjie Hong

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) - School of International Trade and Economics

Shihe Fu

Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE)

Date Written: February 1, 2008

Abstract

Using the 2004 China economic census database, this paper examines the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the geographic concentration of manufacturing industries, controlling for other determinants of industrial agglomeration. Higher geographic concentration is found consistently in industries where ICT are more widely adopted, and the association is stronger at higher geographic levels. Furthermore, young firms that have adopted ICT, although they are more footloose, contribute to industrial agglomeration. High-tech industries with advanced ICT also tend to agglomerate. Contrary to the prevalent argument that ICT lead to more dispersion, our study suggests that ICT promote industrial agglomeration.

Keywords: Information and communication technologies, Geographic concentration, Agglomeration

JEL Classification: R12, R32

Suggested Citation

Hong, Junjie and Fu, Shihe, Information and Communication Technologies and Geographic Concentration of Manufacturing Industries: Evidence from China (February 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1104652 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1104652

Junjie Hong

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) - School of International Trade and Economics ( email )

10 East Huixin Street
Chaouang District
Beijing, 100029
China

Shihe Fu (Contact Author)

Xiamen University - The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) ( email )

A 307, Economics Building
Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

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