GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (8): 1471-1482.doi: 10.11821/yj2011080013

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The dynamic mechanism of spatial-temporal evolution of regional service industry: Taking the Yangtze River Delta as a case

LV Tao1,2, CAO You-hui2, CHEN Wen2, WU Wei2   

  1. 1. Business College of Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China;
    2. Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China
  • Received:2011-02-07 Revised:2011-06-20 Online:2011-08-20 Published:2011-08-20

Abstract: The dynamic mechanism of spatial-temporal evolution of regional service industry is an exploration for the evolution law of service industry, which is one of the important contents of service industry. At present, most of researches on the dynamic mechanism of evolution of service industry are about the interpretation of the effects of one or several factors on evolution of service industry. Based on service products theory, equilibrium theory, location theory and industrial agglomeration theory, we construct a theoretical framework for explaining the dynamic mechanism of spatial-temporal evolution of regional service industry by integrating three factors of supply-demand, spatial agglomeration-diffusion and government regulation from the two dimensions of time and space. Then, empirical analysis is made on the dynamic mechanism of spatial-temporal evolution of service industry in the Yangtze River Delta by applying the above-mentioned framework. The results indicate that spatial-temporal evolution of service industry in the Yangtze Delta results from the interaction of the three mechanisms, among which the mechanism of supply-demand plays a leading role, and the mechanism of spatial agglomeration-diffusion plays a certain role, especially in producer services and consumer services, and the mechanism of government regulation reflects the favorable influence on some services.

Key words: regional service industry, spatial-temporal evolution, dynamic mechanism, the Yangtze River Delta