Research on Network Structure of Agricultural Product Trade of the countries along the“Silk Road Economic Belt”

Authors: LU WANG*,
Topics: Economic Geography, Asia, Economic Geography
Keywords: agricultural product trade;network structure characteristics;social network analysis;countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt”
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Based on the analysis of the agricultural product trade pattern evolution in countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt”,this paper explores the trade network structure characteristics of agricultural products in countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt” by applying the social network analysis method. Conclusions are drawn as follows: Since 2010, agricultural product trade in the countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt” shows a growth trend, and the trade volume of agricultural products between Germany and France has always been in the first place. The spatial differentiation of agricultural product trade between China and countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt” is obvious, India is China's largest agricultural product trading partner. The density of agricultural products trade network in the countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt” is high but shows a fluctuating feature of decreasing first and then rising. The agricultural products trade relationships in countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt” are close. The three centrality indicators of the network have significant spatial differentiation, the important node countries change steadily, and there are differences between the core countries and the countries with strong intermediary ability in the network structure. The cohesive subgroup with the most countries has relatively stable structure, the remaining five cohesive subgroups which have fewer countries change fast as time goes by. The agricultural products trade network of the countries along the “Silk Road Economic Belt” shows obvious characteristics of "core + half periphery + periphery " layer in spatial structure evolution.

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