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Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2174;

Evolution of the Spatiotemporal Pattern of Urban Industrial Land Use Efficiency in China

Department of Land Resource Management, School of Public Administration, Hohai University, 8 W Focheng Road, Nanjing 211000, China
Key Laboratory of Coastal Zone Exploitation and Protection, Ministry of Land and Resource, Nanjing 210024, China
School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, 163 Xianlin Road, Nanjing 210023, China
China Land Surveying and Planning Institute, Beijing 100029, China
School of Geomatics Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, China
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Received: 12 April 2018 / Revised: 15 June 2018 / Accepted: 17 June 2018 / Published: 26 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spatial Analysis of Urbanization towards Urban Sustainability)
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Along with the globally increasing concern for environmental sustainability, improving urban industrial land use efficiency (UILUE) is critically important for China’s development trajectory. However, the existent studies on UILUE in China are mainly conducted at the provincial level, which significantly undermines their value for tailoring practical policy formulations for lower-level governments. To fill this gap, this paper aims to investigate the spatial and temporal pattern of UILUE in China at the prefectural level, examining the underpinning influential factors for the period 2000–2014. Employing the means of spatial autocorrelation and regression, it is found that UILUE in China has improved significantly over the past decade in general but is also accompanied by significant spatial variations. UILUE is positively related to the agglomeration of industries, labour, capital, and technology, in which technology has fundamental effects upon the other factors. It is suggested to policy makers that government policy interventions should be placed predominantly upon technology regulation, i.e., setting admittance criterion for foreign direct investment (FDI), and industrial investment. For future studies, consistent efforts ought to be exerted to examine UILUE at and even under the prefectural level to achieve better understanding among academics and policy practitioners. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial land; efficiency; spatial pattern; spatial regression analysis industrial land; efficiency; spatial pattern; spatial regression analysis

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Zhao, X.; Zhang, L.; Huang, X.; Zhao, Y.; Zhang, Y. Evolution of the Spatiotemporal Pattern of Urban Industrial Land Use Efficiency in China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2174.

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