Economic Evolution in China Ecologically Fragile Regions

25 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2016

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Xiangzheng Deng

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR)

Zhan Wang

Peking University - National School of Development; Peking University - School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences

Chunhong Zhao

Texas State University, San Marcos

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

Economic evolution is considered as being driven by innovation of research and development (R&D) even if regional characteristics usually have critical impacts on various culture‐oriented living styles that change in a social transformation dynamically. In documented Chinese history, climate changes and geographic conditions are constraints of the economic evolution in ecologically fragile regions. Lots of unpublished indigenous knowledge of environmental adaptation as a part of culture have been excluded from innovative records. In this research, we review research records of several key factors closely associated with economic evolution in the history of study regions, including climate change, cultural transition, economic base, resource endowment and transportation accessibility. By surveying previous research records and contents, we examine the paths of economic evolution mixed with adaptive cultures response to climate change in each region and draw conclusions that (1) the economic evolution with regional climate changes interactively experience three stages of culture‐hindered, culture‐mixed, and culture‐impelled adaptation diversely; (2) regions that have higher economic performance with less innovative records highly likely have a relatively large number of indigenous knowledge unpublished throughout cultural evolution; and (3) English world has research preference to the regions that have lower economic performance with a distinctive culture in China.

Keywords: China, Climate changes, Culture, Economic evolution, Ecologically fragile region

Suggested Citation

Deng, Xiangzheng and Wang, Zhan and Zhao, Chunhong, Economic Evolution in China Ecologically Fragile Regions (July 2016). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 30, Issue 3, pp. 552-576, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2791821 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joes.12160

Xiangzheng Deng (Contact Author)

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) ( email )

Beijing
China

Zhan Wang

Peking University - National School of Development ( email )

Beijing, 100871
China

Peking University - School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences ( email )

Beijing, 100871
China

Chunhong Zhao

Texas State University, San Marcos

601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
United States

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