chapter  5
Regional growth, disparity and convergence
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With two decades of reforms and subsequent economic growth, the Chinese

economy in general and the well-being of the world’s largest populace in

particular has improved significantly. However, has the improvement been

equal across regions? More importantly, has rapid economic growth led to

reduction of regional disparities? These issues have become the focus of the

recent debate on regional disparities in China. Understanding these issues has

important implications not only for regional development policy but also for

the continuation of the reforms in China. The objective of this chapter is to

review the existing literature and to present new evidence of regional

disparities in China. It thus contributes to the current debate and adds to the