GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2000, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (3): 225-233.doi: 10.11821/yj2000030001

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Impact of globalization on China’s regional economic development

LI Xiao-jian, ZHANG Xiao-ping, PENG Bao-yu   

  1. College of Environmenmt and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001, China
  • Received:1999-08-18 Revised:2000-01-26 Online:2000-09-15 Published:2000-09-15

Abstract: By using index of globalization and statistical data, this paper explores the regional patterns of globalization in China. Results indicate that the coastal and southern regions (especially the three provincial level municipalities——Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin) had higher level of globalization than other part of China. Regression analysis further shows that globalization had stronger impact on regional economic development in the relatively well industrialized regions than others. The impact of globalization on regional economic development could be seen in many aspects, including economic growth, technology transfer, management, and structural changes. Evidence also proves both positive and negative impact. Case study from a less developed rural county located in central China shows that the negative impact should not be ignored even in the region in which the globalization is at a very low level.

Key words: globalization, regional development, China


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