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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(1), 56; doi:10.3390/ijerph15010056

The Development Evaluation of Economic Zones in China

Zhongshan Institute, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Zhongshan 528402, China
School of Economics and Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai 264209, China
Department of Urban Planning, University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
School of Economics and Management, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418, China
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Received: 19 September 2017 / Revised: 31 October 2017 / Accepted: 15 November 2017 / Published: 2 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Environment, Green Operations and Sustainability)
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After the Chinese reform and opening up, the construction of economic zones, such as Special Economic Zones, Hi-tech Zones and Bonded Zones, has played an irreplaceable role in China’s economic development. Currently, against the background of Chinese economic transition, research on development evaluation of economic zones has become popular and necessary. Similar research usually focuses on one specific field, and the methods that are used to evaluate it are simple. This research aims to analyse the development evaluation of zones by synthesis. A new hybrid multiple criteria decision making (MCDM) model that combines the DEMATEL technique and the DANP method is proposed. After establishing the evaluation criterion system and acquiring data, the influential weights of dimensions and criteria can be calculated, which will be a guide for forming measures of development. Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone is used in the empirical case analysis. The results show that Transportation Conditions, Industrial Structure and Business Climate are the main influencing criteria and measures based on these criteria are proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: economic zones; MCDM model; DANP method; sustainable economic; sustainability economic zones; MCDM model; DANP method; sustainable economic; sustainability

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Liu, W.; Shi, H.-B.; Zhang, Z.; Tsai, S.-B.; Zhai, Y.; Chen, Q.; Wang, J. The Development Evaluation of Economic Zones in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 56.

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