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date: 21 January 2020

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This chapter examines China’s economic and urban geography by focusing on its urbanization and city size distribution. The chapter first outlines some essential feature of China’s spatial economy, with an emphasis on its configurations and institutions, and goes on to examine China’s dual system and the hukou system. The main analysis concentrates on China’s various forms of ‘incomplete urbanization’ and its under-agglomerated city economies. The chapter concludes with a summary, a discussion of the policy significance, and directions for future research.

Keywords: China, urbanization, dual system, industrialization, migration, hukou

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