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Airports and economic performance in China
Stephen Gibbons and Wenjie Wu
July 2017
Paper No' CEPCP509:
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CentrePiece 22 (2) Summer 2017

JEL Classification: H54;O21; P25 R41

Tags: airports; infrastructure; productivity; china

China’s airport construction policy has been successful in boosting manufacturing output, according to research by Stephen Gibbons and Wenjie Wu. Their study also finds that productivity impacts have been greater for private firms in areas with relatively high population and low educational achievement. The researchers address the question of whether opening new airports and expanding airport capacity stimulate economic growth, particularly in developing countries. The evidence they find on the positive impact of airport infrastructure in China suggests that reduced travel times and improved domestic market access help to boost industrial productivity.

This article summarises ‘Airports, Market Access and Local Economic Performance: Evidence from China’ by Stephen Gibbons and Wenjie Wu, Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) Discussion Paper No. 211.