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发布日期:2008-01-02

主题:City Size Distribution and Economic Growth:
The Case of China
主讲:江艇
时间:200814日(周五)下午14:30-16:30
地点:明德楼主楼728会议室
Abstract: This paper empirically explores the relationship between city size distribution and economic growth, based on a panel analysis using China`s provincial data from 1984 to 2005. We first estimate Zipf
s coefficient, which is a proper measure of city size distribution, for each province in each sample year, using Gabaix and Ibragimov`s (2006) method. Second, we propose and verify a nonlinear relationship between Zipfs coefficient and GDP growth rate, capturing the idea that government intervention on labor migration distorts city size distribution and entails productivity loss, so that the deviation of Zipfs coefficient from its optimal value will have substantial negative impact on economic growth. Third, we construct a VAR model with which the co-evolution of city size distribution and economic growth can be illustrated. Simulation results based on the estimated VAR model uncover the growth effect of exogenous shock to city size distribution, yielding clear policy implications.

作者简历:江艇,人大经济学院2003届本科毕业生,现为香港科技大学经济系博士候选人。


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