Economic Transition, Urban Hierarchy, and Service Industry Growth in China

Economic Transition, Urban Hierarchy, and Service Industry Growth in China The service industry in China has been undergoing rapid growth, especially since the early 1990s. However, little research has been conducted regarding its characteristics, spatial patterns and dynamics. Based on the theories of economic growth, economic transition and urban hierarchy, this paper develops an analytical framework for elucidating the growth of the service industry in China. We find that cities with a high increment in the service industry tend to be located in coastal areas, and mainly constitute megacities and large, highly developed cities. Cities with higher administrative rank, such as centrally administrated municipalities, cities designated in the State Plan and provincial capitals, maintain relatively high growth in the service industry. It is concluded that China's economic transition and urban hierarchy play significant roles in the growth of the service industry, suggesting that service industry growth in China does not strictly adhere to growth patterns observed in Western countries. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie Wiley

Economic Transition, Urban Hierarchy, and Service Industry Growth in China

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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© 2018 Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG
ISSN
0040-747X
eISSN
1467-9663
D.O.I.
10.1111/tesg.12276
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Abstract

The service industry in China has been undergoing rapid growth, especially since the early 1990s. However, little research has been conducted regarding its characteristics, spatial patterns and dynamics. Based on the theories of economic growth, economic transition and urban hierarchy, this paper develops an analytical framework for elucidating the growth of the service industry in China. We find that cities with a high increment in the service industry tend to be located in coastal areas, and mainly constitute megacities and large, highly developed cities. Cities with higher administrative rank, such as centrally administrated municipalities, cities designated in the State Plan and provincial capitals, maintain relatively high growth in the service industry. It is concluded that China's economic transition and urban hierarchy play significant roles in the growth of the service industry, suggesting that service industry growth in China does not strictly adhere to growth patterns observed in Western countries.

Journal

Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale GeografieWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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