Resources Science ›› 2019, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (7): 1295-1305.doi: 10.18402/resci.2019.07.10

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Convergence analysis of interregional differences of economic growth pattern and energy intensity:An empirical study based on provincial data from 2001 to 2016 in China

Wangsheng MENG   

  1. School of Economics and Management, Gansu University of Political Science and Law, Lanzhou 730070, China
  • Received:2018-12-13 Revised:2019-03-22 Online:2019-07-25 Published:2019-07-25

Abstract:

The economic growth pattern transformation and energy use efficiency are the two important aspects of high-quality development, their convergence analysis among different regions has a great significance to resolving the main social conflicts effectively, enhancing the quality of economic development and residents’ happiness. This study iintroduces the intensive degree of economic growth as an indicator of economic growth pattern transformation and construcs a panel data model with lagging adjustment based on the provincial data from 2001 to 2016 in China, to analyze the convergence of economic growth pattern transformation among different regions, the convergence relationship between the difference of energy consumption intensity and the difference of economic growth pattern transformation among different regions. The reasons of the observed relationship are analyzed from the perspective of influencing factors of the transformation of economic growth pattern. The conclusions are as follows: (1) In the whole country and in the three regions of the east, the middle and the west, the intensive degree of economic growth tends to converge; (2) In the whole country and in the regions of the middle and the west, energy consumption intensity shows a divergent trend with the convergence of economic growth intensive degree; In eastern region, energy consumption intensity shows a converging trend as economic growth intensive degree converges; (3) Differences in industrial structure, fixed asset investment structure of energy and non-energy industries, and energy price in different regions, are important reasons for the different convergence characteristics that of the energy consumption intensity changes along with the intensive degree of economic growth in different regions.

Key words: economic growth pattern, energy consumption intensity, intensive degree of economic growth, energy efficiency, convergence, China