Transport Infrastructure and the Decentralization of Cities in the People’s Republic of China

Asian Development Review 34:2

26 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2017

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Nathaniel Baum-Snow

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Matthew Turner

University of Toronto

Date Written: August 23, 2017

Abstract

It is widely believed that transport infrastructure has important impacts on the development of cities. Until recently, however, there has been little systematic evidence with which to evaluate claims about the effects of transport infrastructure on the development of cities and regions. In this paper, we describe the evolution of transport infrastructure in the People’s Republic of China and how it relates to the evolution of location patterns of population and production in Chinese cities and their surrounding regions. We summarize empirical evidence from Baum-Snow et al. (2017) on the causal effects of various types of transport infrastructure on the decentralization of cities in the People’s Republic of China. Finally, we put our results in the context of the existing literature on the effects of infrastructure on productivity and the allocation of resources across locations.

Keywords: infrastructure, People’s Republic of China, railroads, roads

JEL Classification: O20, R40

Suggested Citation

Baum-Snow, Nathaniel and Turner, Matthew A., Transport Infrastructure and the Decentralization of Cities in the People’s Republic of China (August 23, 2017). Asian Development Review 34:2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3025036

Nathaniel Baum-Snow

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S1S4
Canada

Matthew A. Turner (Contact Author)

University of Toronto ( email )

Department of Economics
150 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G7
Canada

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