Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2006, Vol. 61 ›› Issue (6): 593-603.doi: 10.11821/xb200606003

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Interregional Economic Linkage and Regional Development Driving Forces Based on an Interregional Input-Output Analysis of China

SHI Minjun1,3, JIN Fengjun2, LI Na1, ZHAO Zhao1, JIN Shaosheng4   

  1. 1. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    3. Research Center on Data Technology and Knowledge Economy, CAS, Beijing 100080, China;
    4. Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8572, Japan
  • Received:2005-12-20 Revised:2006-03-19 Online:2006-06-25 Published:2006-06-25
  • Supported by:

    Hundreds Talents Program of CAS; National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40371035


Interregional input-output analysis may depict accurately interregional economic linkage and driving forces of regional development. This paper focuses upon the driving forces of regional industrial development since the 1990s based on analysis of China interregional input-output model. The results show that most of the industries in the coastal areas depend upon external market. The industries with degree of dependence on induced output of external demand exceed 50%, accounting for more than 60% of the total in the coastal areas. On the contrary, in inland areas, most of the industries depend upon the internal market as driving forces of industrial development. The differences in driving forces of industrial development lead to differentiation in potential of industrial development and spatial concentration of industries, and thus many industries gather into the coastal areas. This indicates that development of western areas, revival of northeast industrial bases and growing-up of the midland face many challenges in fostering industrial competitiveness. Hence, the policy of regional development must pay more attention to upgrading of industrial competitiveness in these areas. In view of the external trade, the degree of industrial internationalization in the coastal areas has reached a rather high level. Therefore, the fluctuation of international market will directly influence industrial development, or bring more opportunities to the industrial development in the coastal areas.

Key words: interregional input-output analysis, spatial market dependence, degree of dependence on induced output of external market, regional development driving force, regional economic structure