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Frontiers of Economics in China

ISSN 1673-3444

ISSN 1673-3568(Online)

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Front Econ Chin    2008, Vol. 3 Issue (4) : 585-597
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Transport infrastructure, spatial spillover and economic growth: Evidence from China
ZHANG Xueliang
Institute of Finance & Economics Research, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China
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This paper develops an empirical model to test the spatial spillover effects of transport infrastructure on economic growth. It uses spatial econometric techniques and provincial panel data of China from 1993 to 2004 to analyze the contribution of transport infrastructure to the economic growth of local province and its spatial spillover effects on the economic growth of other provinces. The main findings include: (1) Transport infrastructure and economic growth of China show an evident pattern of spatial clustering. They largely congregate in developed eastern coastal regions, forming a gradient gradually diminishing from east to west. (2) Output elasticity of local transport infrastructure is 0.106, between the values calculated by early researchers with time series data and panel data. (3) Spatial output spillovers from transport infrastructure are largely positive, but evidences of negative spatial spillovers are also found with population density spatial weights matrix model.

Keywords transport infrastructure      spatial spillover      economic growth     
Corresponding Authors: ZHANG Xueliang,   
Issue Date: 05 December 2008
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ZHANG Xueliang. Transport infrastructure, spatial spillover and economic growth: Evidence from China[J]. Front Econ Chin, 2008, 3(4): 585-597.
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