Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2008, Vol. 63 ›› Issue (12): 1289-1298.doi: 10.11821/xb200812006

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Agglomeration of Producer Services in Beijing

Shao Hui   

  1. Institute of Economy and Resource Management, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2008-03-15 Revised:2008-10-10 Online:2008-12-25 Published:2008-12-25
  • Supported by:

    Fund for young instructors on humanities & social sciences research form Beijing Normal University (Evolvement Mechanism of Urban Industrial Spatial Structure)


International experiences show that producer services are apt to assemble in the CBD of metropolitans as well as diffuse to suburbs because of labor division of industries and development of technology. This paper attempts to analyse the agglomeration and distributing of producer services including finance services, information consultancy services and computer services in Beijing especially in the center city and outskirts. The paper uses the methods of Spatial Gini Coefficient and Spatial Lorenz Curve to analyze the agglomeration of the three kinds of producer services in Beijing, and uses Clack and Newling model to analyze their spatial distributing density. The results tend to support the viewpoint that the producer services are apt to assemble in the center city districts obviously while the diffusion to suburbs is not obvious. The characteristics of agglomeration of finance services, information consultancy services and computer services are different. The agglomeration of finance services and information consultancy services are more obvious because these producer services need more face-to-face intercourse, while the computer services are more dispersed because for this kind of producer services face-to-face contact is not very important, so they can be located in suburbs where rent and wage are lower than center city or Central Business District. The author believes that the location choosing of producer services in Beijing is the cooperative effect of market laws, planning of the government and characteristic of Beijing. Through summarizing the development experiences of China and international, it can be found that the location of producer services in inter metropolitan is determined by he linkage characteristics of economic activities, features of and factors of production and location conditions.

Key words: producer services, location, agglomeration, characteristic, Beijing