Clustering, Growth, and Inequality in China


ShanghaiTech SEM Working Paper No. 2018-007


Di Guo

The University of Hong Kong

Kun Jiang

The University of Roehampton

Chenggang Xu

CKGSB, HKU, Tsinghua

Xiyi Yang

ShanghaiTech University - School of Entrepreneurship and Management



This study examines the effects of China’s industrial clusters on its economic growth and urban–rural income inequality. A density-based index (DBI) is developed to capture the unique features of such clusters in China. From a county-level DBI panel data constructed based on firm-level and county-level datasets, ...

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Keywords: China, clustering, geography, growth and inequality, institutions

JEL Classification: O14, O15, R11


Date Written: September, 2017


Available at SSRN: 3159741