JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2015, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (6): 891-902.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2015.06.001

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Can Resource Advantage Become Industrial Advantage? —Impact of theWestward Shift of Coal Production on the Spatial Pattern of Energy Intensive Indutries in China

SHI Min-jun1,2, HUANG Wen1,2, LI Na1,2   

  1. 1. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    2. Research Center on Fictitious Economy and Data Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
  • Received:2015-04-03 Revised:2015-05-08 Online:2015-06-20 Published:2015-06-20

Abstract: With the westward shift of coal production, the cost advantage of energy resources might attract the energy intensive industries and related manufacturing industry to the western China. It may transform the resource advantage into industrial advantage and promote the regional economy. This paper aims to simulate the impact that the shift of coal production acts on the spatial distribution of energy intensive industries and related manufacturing industry by using DMRCGE model and scenario analysis. It is found that the westward shift of coal production will increase the shares of energy intensive industries in the inland resource- aboundant provinces under the effect of cost driving and industrial linkage. It may enhance the economic growth of these provinces and alleviate regional disparity between the inland areas and the costal areas. However, it still faces a severe challenge to transform the resource advantage into the manufacturing advantage. Increasing the coal production in Xinjiang may lead to the increase of the share energy intensive industries in Xinjiang. There is also potentials for Xinjiang to develop local market-oriented manufacturing indutry.

CLC Number: 

  • F429.9