Will the development of high speed railway have impacts on land use change patterns in China?

Authors: Han Zhang*, School of Geography and Planning, and Guangdong Key Laboratory for Urbanization and Geo-simulation, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, PR China, Xia Li, School of Geography and Planning, and Guangdong Key Laboratory for Urbanization and Geo-simulation, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, PR China;School of Geographic Sciences,Key Lab. of Geographic Information Science (Ministry of Education),East China Normal University,500 Dongchuan Rd, Shanghai 200241, P.R. China
Topics: Asia
Keywords: high speed railway; land use change; difference-in-differences
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Galerie 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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The high speed railway (HSR) network in China has growth rapidly, redistributing accessibility in space and also affecting the development of land use system, yet its land use impacts are still debated. This paper proposes three difference-in-differences regressions to assess the impact of HSR on different types of land use (urban land, agricultural land and natural land). The results suggest that 1) HSR cities have no significant advantages in urban land expansion; 2) HSR has negative effect on agricultural land and the decrease in agricultural land of HSR cities is higher than that of non-HSR ones; 3) for the natural land, there is also no statistically significant difference. In addition, the negative impact on agricultural land also reminds us to notice the inequality brought by HSR.

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