(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Land use change and economic growth in urban China: a structural equation analysis

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HE C. (1) ; HUANG Z. (1) ; WANG R. (2) ;
(1) College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking Univ., Beijing, CHINE
(2) Univ. of California, Los Angeles, ETATS-UNIS


Based on official land use change data from 2004 to 2008, this study founds substantial land use changes in China, with considerable cultivated land conversion into urban, industrial and transportation purposes. Correlation analysis shows a strong association between land use change and absolute GDP expansion. Structural equation analysis indicates that economic growth drives land use change. Industrial land expansion directly stimulates economic growth. Land has been successfully used as a tool to attract foreign investments and to sustain infrastructure investments, indirectly trig-gering economic growth. The findings suggest that land is not a simple factor of production but a strategic tool for eco-nomic development in urban China


Article of periodic

published at : Urban studies / ISSN 0042-0980

Editor : Longman Group, Harlow - ROYAUME-UNI (1964)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 51, no3 [pp. 2880-2896]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 1 fig., 5 tabl., 2 cartes



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