The Magnitude of Interregional Input-Output Spillover Effects in China and its Implications for China’s Uneven Regional Growth

  • Shiro Hioki
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China has experienced rapid economic expansion since the central government began to introduce economic reforms in 1978. However, the fruits of this growth have not been shared equally by regions. The coastal regions1 have absorbed most of the FDI to Mainland China and have achieved export-oriented industrialization rapidly, partly because they enjoyed favourable geographical and historical conditions during the initial stages of the development, partly because they also enjoyed preferential regional development policies during the 1980s. By contrast, the inland region has experienced a relatively slow rate of growth. From the standpoints of social and political stability, the Chinese government became concerned with the growing regional disparities and launched new regional development policies which have given preferential treatment to inland regions since the middle of the 1990s (Hu, Wang and Kang 1995; Onishi 2001).


Coastal Region Western Region Spillover Effect South Coast Regional Disparity 
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