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Research on the Impact of Natural Resources on Urbanization Level of China

  • 1. Research Center for China Urban and Regional Economy, Nankai University, Tia njin 300071, China;
    2. Institute of Urban and Regional Economic Research, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China

Received date: 2004-08-30

  Revised date: 2005-01-23

  Online published: 2005-06-25


China has entered the stage of rapid urbanization since 1996.The paper makes a con,clusion that natural resource is a strong restriction of rapid urba nization of China by adopting general equilibrium method in terms of supply and demand.Urbanization includes two aspects, one is urbanization quality and the ot her is urbanization level.This paper divides natural resources into two categori es,one is for production purpose and the other for living.In theory,we can subst itute urbanization level approximately with resources for production,so is the c ase of urbanization quality with resources for living.Under restriction of natur al resources,the optimum result of resources distribution indicates that there i s a substitutional relationship between the urbanization level and urbanization quality.On the basis of the above discussion,we make a comparative static analys is on the equilibrium result.Both change of natural resources endow,ment and fu nction utility will lead to variations in equilibrium result.The study shows tha t the economic globalization is favorable for the increase of the supply of natu ral resources,and the preference of urbanization road directly influences the ur banization level.Facing the double pressure of labor force transferring and prom oting urbanization quality in the rapid urbanization process of China,both the u rbanization quality and quantity should be regarded as equally important,and the mode of economic growth should be changed.

Cite this article

CHEN Bo-chong, HAO Shou-yi . Research on the Impact of Natural Resources on Urbanization Level of China[J]. JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES, 2005 , 20(3) : 394 -399 . DOI: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2005.03.011