SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2020, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (9): 1439-1449.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2020.09.005

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Impact of High-speed Rail Network on Regional Economic Coordinated Development in Hunan Province Based on Empirical Analysis

He Tianxiang1(), Huang Linya2   

  1. 1. Tourism Management School, Hunan University of Commerce, Changsha 410205, Hunan, China
    2. Academy for Economy and Trade Development Studies, Hunan University of Commerce, Changsha 410205, Hunan, China
  • Received:2019-07-15 Online:2020-09-10 Published:2020-12-05
  • Supported by:
    Philosophy and Social Science Fund Project of Hunan Province (17JD47), Key Program of Education Department of Hunan Province (18A298), Educational Reform Project of Degree and Postgraduate Education of Hunan Province (Xiang-Jiao-Tong[2018]505), Postgraduate Research Innovation Project of Hunan Province (CX20190892)


Significant changes have taken place in the regional development pattern in the era of high-speed rail. Based on the panel data of 13 prefecture-level cities in Hunan Province from 2009 to 2017, this paper uses the coupling coordination degree to measure the level of regional economic synergy, social network analysis (SNA) to analyze the evolution characteristics of the high-speed rail network, and Spatial Dubin Model (SDM) to test the influence mechanism of the development of Hunan's high-speed rail network to regional economic synergy. The results show: 1) In the era of high-speed rail, the spatial correlation of regional development increases in Hunan province, and the level of regional economic synergy rises steadily; 2) The gradual optimization of the high-speed rail network has a significantly direct positive effect on its own regional economic synergy, but an indirect negative spillover effect on other regions; 3) A “double-edged sword” feature of regional economic synergistic development has been produced due to the dual influences that the high-speed rail networks put on the structural coordination among interregional functions such as industry, market, transportation and innovation. In other words, we can say the high-speed rail networks has both positive and negative effects on those interregional functions which can also be explained by the Matthew effect. With the development of cities with high network centrality, the relatively disadvantaged ones on the edge may get the opposite result.

Key words: high-speed railway network, regional economic synergy, spatial spillover effects, Hunan Province

CLC Number: 

  • F061.5