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Urban‐rural interaction in China: historic scenario and assessment

Yuheng Li (Department of Urban Planning and Environment, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)

China Agricultural Economic Review

ISSN: 1756-137X

Article publication date: 6 September 2011




Urban‐rural interaction in China has evolved over time and presented features in different periods since 1949. The aim of this paper is to measure urban‐rural interaction in China in a 50‐year period from 1958 to 2007, and to see if it bears resemblance to the historical evolution.


The paper historically reviews urban‐rural interaction in four periods after 1949. Then, it uses principal component analysis (PCA) and assesses this interaction in the study period.


The quantification of urban‐rural interaction bears resemblances to its historical evolution. Reform and opening‐up as well as the rural‐favored policies contribute a lot to the increase of urban‐rural interaction.


The paper systematically reviews the evolution of urban‐rural interaction in China, and analyzes the features of this interaction in different periods since 1949. It introduces PCA and measures urban‐rural interaction.



Li, Y. (2011), "Urban‐rural interaction in China: historic scenario and assessment", China Agricultural Economic Review, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 335-349.



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