Exploring spatial evolution of economic clusters: a case study of Beijing

Zhenshan Yang, R.V. Sliuzas, Jianming Cai, Henk F.L. Ottens

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Abstract

An identification of economic clusters and analysing their changing spatial patterns is important for understanding urban economic space dynamics. Previous studies, however, suffer from limitations as a consequence of using fixed geographically areas and not combining functional and spatial dynamics. The paper presents an approach, based on local spatial statistics and the case of Beijing to understand the spatial clustering of industries that are functionally interconnected by common or complementary patterns of demand or supply relations. Using register data of business establishments, it identifies economic clusters and analyses their pattern based on postcodes at different time slices during the period 1983-2002. The study shows how the advanced services occupy the urban centre and key sub centres. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) cluster is mainly concentrated in the north part of the city and circles the urban centre, and the main manufacturing clusters are evolved in the key sub centers. This type of outcomes improves understanding of urban-economic dynamics, which can support spatial and economic planning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-265
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (JAG)
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • METIS-293914
  • IR-83730
  • ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE

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