Spatial Correlation of Regional Economic Growth and Regional Coordinated Development Research -----An Empirical Study of Sichuan Province in China

  •  Fengrong Liu    
  •  Zhengxia Tang    
  •  Lapo Hou    


Regional economic growth is spatially correlated. With regard to spatial correlation mechanism and characteristics, Network Analysis Method is applied in this paper to discuss the interactions and paths of regional economic development. An empirical study is thus carried out on 18 cities and 3 autonomous prefectures of Sichuan Province to measure their economic network connections and features. We draw main conclusions from this study: (1) the economic network of Sichuan Province shows a typical Core-Periphery structure with Chengdu, the capital city, in the center; (2) geographic location as well as factors such as industrial distributions impose impacts on the formation of the network structure. Finally, based on qualitative evidence and theory discussion, we come up with several suggestions to the coordinated economic development of Sichuan Province.

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