Measurement and interpretation of the connectivity of Chinese cities in the world city network 2010
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Law
Chinese geographical science
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This is an empirical paper that measures and interprets the position of Chinese cities in the world city network in 2010. Building on a specification of the world city network as a interlocking network in which business services firms play the crucial role in city network formation, information is gathered about the presence of global service firms in cities. This information is converted into data to provide the service value of a city for a firms provision of corporate services in a 526 (cities) × 175 (firms) matrix. These data are then used as the input to the interlocking network model in order to measure cities connectivity and its predominant geographical orientation. Here we focus on the position of some key Chinese cities in this regard, and discuss and interpret results in the context of the urban dimensions of the opening up of the Chinese economy.