Delineating the Economic Geography of China: From Commutes to Urban Agglomerations

Authors: Kang Wu*, Capital University of Economics and Business
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, China, Urban Geography
Keywords: commuter flows; functional urban areas; urban agglomerations; China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Galerie 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Abstract: The emergence of “urban agglomerations” in China was regarded as a main spatial form to support and coordinate the national urbanization and also a basic geographical unit to facilitate international competition and cooperation. While the delineation of urban agglomeration in China was a tricky topic which is often taken for granted in both scholarly studies and popular accounts of contemporary economic geography. This paper uses a data set of more than 2000,000 DiDi (China version of Uber) commuter flows as the basis for an empirical approach to the identification of such urban agglomerations. An improved computational partitioning algorithm was adopted to understanding the evolution of functional urban areas in China. The results provide a new perspective on the functional economic geography of China from a flow perspective, and shed light on the classic geographic topic of the division of space into areal units.

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