Evolution of and outlook on China’s regional economic theories

LIU Binglian1 ZHU Junfeng2 ZHOU Yulong3

(1.Institute for Urban and Regional Development, College of Economic and Social Development, Nankai University)
(2.School of Economics, Nankai University)
(3.College of Economic and Social Development, Nankai University)

【Abstract】Seventy-year development of China’s regional economy could not be realized without support of scientific and effective theories of regional economy. China’s regional economic theories serve regional economic development and absorb foreign regional economic ideas and methods, based on which evolution of China’s regional economic theories takes on the stage feature of being oriented toward settlement of issues, and gradually falls into the development pattern of introduction, absorption, assimilation and innovation. China’s regional economic theories are different from those in the West in various aspects such as research perspectives, research paradigms, research content and development models. In the face of requirements to overcome the middle-income gap and realize high-quality development of regional economy, breakthroughs in studies on China’s regional economic theories will be made in various aspects such as discipline integration, hypothesis, research category, research mechanism and regional policies. Furthermore, the thesis also foresees studies on China’s regional economic theories during the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan.

【Keywords】 regional economic theories; evolution process; outlook;

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【Funds】 National Natural Science Foundation of China (71673151) National Natural Science Foundation of China (71803092). Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (63192310) The National Social Science Fund of China (10FJL008)

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    [1]. ① Of the 694 projects launched during the First Five-Year Plan period, 472 projects were in inland regions, which indicated the regional economic landscape of the shift of heavy industry construction to inland regions. [^Back]

    [2]. ② The results are calculated by the authors according to Statistics for China’s Fixed Asset Investment (1950–1985) (1950–1985中国固定资产投资统计资料). [^Back]

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Abstract

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Evolution process and development stages of China’s regional economic theories
  • 3 Comparison of regional economic theories at home and abroad
  • 4 Outlook on studies on China’s regional economic theories
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