The Evolving Geography of China&Apos;S Industrial Production: Implications for Pollution Dynamics and Urban Quality of Life

29 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2013 Last revised: 14 Feb 2021

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Siqi Zheng

Samuel Talk Lee Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability, Faculty Director of MIT Center for Real Estate

Cong Sun

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Ye Qi

Tsinghua University

Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

China's rapid economic growth has been fueled by industrialization and urbanization. Given its export focus, this industrialization was spatially concentrated in the coastal eastern cities. Over the last decade, a spatial transformation has taken place leading to a deindustrialization of the rich coastal cities and sharp industrial growth in the inland cities. This survey examines recent work that studies the economic geography of industrial production, per-capita income, pollution and quality of life in China's cities. We focus on the interaction between firms, local governments and the central government that together determine the new economic geography of industry and pollution within China.

Suggested Citation

Zheng, Siqi and Sun, Cong and Qi, Ye and Kahn, Matthew E., The Evolving Geography of China&Apos;S Industrial Production: Implications for Pollution Dynamics and Urban Quality of Life (November 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19624, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2352141

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