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Frontiers of Economics in China

ISSN 1673-3444

ISSN 1673-3568(Online)

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Front. Econ. China    2010, Vol. 5 Issue (1) : 135-149
Growth of Villages in China, 1990–2002
Hiroshi Sato,
Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo 186–8601, Japan;
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Abstract This paper examines the economic and noneconomic determinants of growth disparity among Chinese villages between 1990 and 2002. By estimating a growth equation, first, we confirm a significant positive effect of the initial level of human capital, as well as the initial condition of physical infrastructure. Second, social capital measured by the degree of stable social relations at the village level is also a significant growth-promoting factor. The policy implications of our findings are that public policy promoting social stability in rural areas should be strengthened, as well as increasing financial support for rural education and infrastructure construction, especially in lower income regions.
Keywords regional disparity      growth regression      social capital      rural China     
Issue Date: 05 March 2010
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Hiroshi Sato. Growth of Villages in China, 1990–2002[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2010, 5(1): 135-149.
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