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Article: Bureaucratic integration and regional specialization in China

TitleBureaucratic integration and regional specialization in China
Authors
KeywordsBureaucratic integration
Foreign competition
Local protectionism
Regional specialization
Stage of development
Issue Date2008
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/chieco
Citation
China Economic Review, 2008, v. 19 n. 2, p. 308-319 How to Cite?
AbstractFiscal decentralization introduced as part of China's economic reform since 1979 has unleashed strong incentives for China's local governments to pursue economic development, but the same incentives have also led to local protectionist policies inhibiting the process of regional specialization. This paper focuses on the constraints or freedom with which local governments can implement their protectionist policies. Using a panel data of 29 China's regions over the time period of 1985-1997, we find that China's political system of bureaucratic integration (specifically, concurrent appointment of local government officials in the central government) imposes constraints on the local governments from practicing protectionism. We also find that the effectiveness of local protectionist policies is limited by market competition, specifically, competition from foreign-invested firms operating in China and foreign imports. Our results on the role of local protectionism remain robust to controls for the regional variations in the size of the economy and the stage of economic development. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86010
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.116
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.997
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dc.contributor.authorTAO, Zen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTONG, YSen_HK
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dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationChina Economic Review, 2008, v. 19 n. 2, p. 308-319en_HK
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86010-
dc.description.abstractFiscal decentralization introduced as part of China's economic reform since 1979 has unleashed strong incentives for China's local governments to pursue economic development, but the same incentives have also led to local protectionist policies inhibiting the process of regional specialization. This paper focuses on the constraints or freedom with which local governments can implement their protectionist policies. Using a panel data of 29 China's regions over the time period of 1985-1997, we find that China's political system of bureaucratic integration (specifically, concurrent appointment of local government officials in the central government) imposes constraints on the local governments from practicing protectionism. We also find that the effectiveness of local protectionist policies is limited by market competition, specifically, competition from foreign-invested firms operating in China and foreign imports. Our results on the role of local protectionism remain robust to controls for the regional variations in the size of the economy and the stage of economic development. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/chiecoen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofChina Economic Reviewen_HK
dc.subjectBureaucratic integrationen_HK
dc.subjectForeign competitionen_HK
dc.subjectLocal protectionismen_HK
dc.subjectRegional specializationen_HK
dc.subjectStage of developmenten_HK
dc.titleBureaucratic integration and regional specialization in Chinaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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