A study of industrial agglomeration and co-location in China

Tong, Meng (2015). A study of industrial agglomeration and co-location in China. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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In this thesis, we link the impacts of manufacturing activities to geographical location and examine the endogenous and exogenous factors that have a significant impact on economic performance of the manufacturing in mainland China. We demonstrate the geographic distribution through employing the agglomeration index and study the patterns of industrial agglomeration in mainland China and our case city. Moreover, we also examine the impacts of agglomeration by using various variables including ownership and export ratio. A comparison between the agglomeration results of mainland China and Tianjin which is our case city is also applied and an appropriate explanation is given. In the study from the impacts of natural disasters on manufacturing productions, we employ the wind-field model to estimate wind speed together with other weather indicators who have potential damages to the local economy.

Our results show the different patterns of industrial agglomeration when make comparisons among mainland China, Tianjin and other developed countries. In the determinants of agglomeration analysis, ownership together with export and other variables show a significant impact on the industrial agglomeration. Typhoon, in general, has negative and short term impacts on the local economy. More labour and lower wage help to recover the production quickly in the coastal regions in China.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: Birmingham Business School, Department of Economics
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/6200


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