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Can equalization of public services narrow the regional disparities in China? A spatial econometrics approach

Bin Li, Tuo Li, Man Yu and Bin Chen

China Economic Review, 2017, vol. 44, issue C, 67-78

Abstract: Regional disparities that challenge the economy and public administration must be confronted by the governments and public in developing countries. As the extensive mode of economic growth has caused many problems in China, it is necessary to find other ways to promote the development of poor areas to narrow regional disparities in the country. This paper measures the equalization of public services and residents' living standards in China, based on a provincial panel data for the period 2001–2013, to analyze the impact of the equalization of public services on China's regional disparities. The empirical results, based on spatial econometrics models, show that the equalization of all types of public services can promote the regional equality of incomes and consumptions. There is also evidence suggesting that the regional disparities are affected by other economic and social factors.

Keywords: Equalization of public services; Regional disparities; Spatial econometrics; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 D31 O53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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