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STICERD Work in Progress Seminars

Political Hierarchy, Centralization of Governance and Regional Development: Evidence from China


Friday 14 March 2014 13:00 - 14:00

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About this event

This project is about the effect of centralization of governance on regional development. A simple theoretical framework implies that centralization can internalize spillovers from agglomeration externalities but will bring some incentive problems. I explore the changes in centralization of governance resulted from a reform in political hierarchy in China and accompanied impacts on county-level industrialization and urbanization. The preliminary results from OLS and a fuzzy RD design suggest that after the treatment, industry outputs and non-agricultural population increase.

STICERD Work in Progress seminars are held on Fridays in term time at 13:00-14:00, ONLINE, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Philip Barteska and Alix Bonargent

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