BOFIT Discussion Papers, Institute for Economies in Transition, Bank of Finland
The emergence and spatial distribution of Chinese seaport cities
() and Hao Yu
Abstract: Seaports have historically played a key role in
facilitating trade and growth. This paper is the first attempt in the
literature to analyse the formation of Chinese seaport cities and the
dynamics that drives it. First, we aim to identify theoretically the
emergence of urbanized seaports with the help of a formal economic
geography model. Second, employing an empirically plausible
parameterisation of the model, we calibrate the evolutionary process and
spatial distribution of seaports along the Chinese coastline.
Keywords: seaports; cities; economic growth; China; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: R11; R12; R41; (follow links to similar papers)
31 pages, July 21, 2010
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