Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53520
Authors: 
Geng, Xiao
Weiss, John
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
ADB Institute Discussion Papers 34
Abstract: 
Regional disparities within the People's Republic of China are now an important policy question. Recently the three provinces of the north-east region has been identified as priority areas for regional development, along with the Western part of the country. The north-east is the old industrial heartland of the country and its economy is based around heavy industry, mineral extraction and state owned enterprises. This paper uses a unique database on medium and large-scale enterprises establish how far enterprise performance in the north-east differs from the national average and the reasons for any such differences. It finds that even allowing for industrial structure and ownership, performance in the north-east is significantly below that in the rest of the country. This is attributed to aspects of the investment climate in the region.
Subjects: 
Asia
the People's Republic of China
enterprises
productivity
profitability
regional development
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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