Economic Change and Restructuring

, Volume 40, Issue 1–2, pp 137–155 | Cite as

Trade-cum-FDI, Human Capital Inequality and Regional Disparities in China: the Singer Perspective



This paper explores the causes of regional disparities in China in the light of the Singer Hypotheses. The impact of inter-regional economic relationships and trade-cum-FDI on regional income inequality and the transmission mechanisms are investigated. The interactions between economic structure, trade-cum-FDI, human capital inequality and regional income gap, and the role of the fiscal and financial systems are analysed in the regional development context. It finds that the centre-periphery type of economic relationship between the coastal and the inland regions and the trade-cum-FDI in the coastal regions have all contributed to the regional income inequalities in China. Increasing human capital inequality is one of the major transmission mechanisms. Policy implications are discussed, emphasizing the role of the state, human capital and openness.


Trade-cum-FDI Economic structure Human capital inequality Regional disparities Singer Chinese economy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth HouseUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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