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Dynamic Development of Regional Disparity in Mainland China: An Experimental Study Based on a Multidimensional Index

by Peng Bin 1,2
1
College of Public Administration, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
2
School of International Studies, University of Trento, Trento 38122, Italy
Academic Editors: Johannes Franciscus Leonardus Marinus Maria Dagevos and Fausto Cavallaro
Sustainability 2016, 8(12), 1287; https://doi.org/10.3390/su8121287
Received: 31 August 2016 / Revised: 23 October 2016 / Accepted: 24 November 2016 / Published: 9 December 2016
This paper stems from the previous wisdom to investigate the transitional dynamics of regional disparity in China during the period 1998–2010. This is the very first time that 30 Chinese regions have been benchmarked according to a multidimensional index based on a stochastic kernel density. The multidimensional index contains five domains to capture the socioeconomic development: macroeconomic conditions, science and innovation, environmental sustainability, human capital, and public facilities. This experimental study reveals the existence of a three-peak pattern of convergence during 1998–2010, and improves the understanding of the evolution of regional disparity in China in terms of the comprehensive socioeconomic development. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional disparity; multidimensional index of development; stochastic kernel; transitional dynamics; Chinese regions regional disparity; multidimensional index of development; stochastic kernel; transitional dynamics; Chinese regions
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