Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36691
Authors: 
Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten
Libman, Alexander
Xiaofan, Yu
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper series // Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 137
Abstract: 
In the past two decades, controversial evidence has been produced supporting the case for local protectionism in China. This paper overviews the most important contributions and presents a new approach which applies spatial econometrics on prefectural-level data. The main advantage of this method is to rely on a theoretically less biased and internal benchmark for assessing the impact of provincial borders on spatial interdependences, as we compare within province and across province growth spillovers for neighbouring prefectures. We show that provincial borders exert a strong impact on spillovers. Further, we also analyze spillovers of local public expenditures, which could be interpreted as proxies for government interventions. Again, provincial borders matter. Yet, we are cautious in interpreting this as evidence for local protectionism, and propose the notion of 'cellularity' as an alternative explanation. Cellularity results from a confluence of different factors, such as administrative structure, institutional changes and regional culture.
Subjects: 
Domestic market integration in China: local protectionism
spatial econometrics
growth spillovers
expenditure spillovers
cellularity
JEL: 
H7
O18
P23
P26
R11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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