Spatial Features and Agglomeration of Producer Services in Xi'an City, China

  • College of Tourism and Environment, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710062, China

Received date: 2010-11-21

  Revised date: 2011-05-19

  Online published: 1997-10-20


In the modern world, fast-growing producer service industry is gradually replacing manufacturing industry as a core force and innovation sources of economic growth in the metropolitan area and main force of urban spatial structure remodeling in western countries. In the context of economic restructuring and globalization, China's cities are facing with development chance of producer service, and the status of producer service in national economy will be enhanced. Xi'an, as the regional centre of Northwest China and the important financial and economic city in the western China, is the core city of Guanzhong-Tianshui economic region and important equipment manufacturing industry base. It has a predominant regional advantage. At present, urbanization of Xi'an turns into an accelerated stage, and the city enters into a quickly gathering term. According to the judgement index system of the regional economic growth stages, Xi'an is at the key transitional stage from the take-off stage of industrialization to maturity stage of industrialization phase. Xi'an has tremendous demand for producer service industry and also has good foundation for developing producer services. The research on the present developing condition and spatial distribution features of Xi'an City's producer service industry contributes to the development of manufacturing industry and industrial structure upgrade. It can effectively affect spatial pattern of the city and reconstruction at the same time. With the development of the world economy, producer services separated from manufacturing and have become the main force to help manufacturing upgrade and industrial structure change instead of traditional consumer services. This paper, taking Xi'an as an example, according to correlation theory of industrial economics, regional economics, economic geography and urban geography, based on industry statistics of producer services in "Xi'an Statistical Yearbook"(1998-2010)and related enterprise information in "Xi'an Yellow Pages"(2002, 2008)and by using methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis, statistic analysis and dynamic analysis and the software of ArcGIS, studies the development condition based on the proportion of gross production value of producer services, number of employed persons of producer services in tertiary industry, and spatial distribution characters of producer services. The results show that spatial distribution of producer service presents relative low agglomeration degree at present, but has agglomeration trend, and producer services by sector have diverse agglomerate degrees. The overall producer services industry presents multi-core agglomerate pattern. This study has an important practical significance for upgrading of industrial structure, the determination of reasonable industrial development direction and reasonable planning of urban industrial spatial distribution, and the promotion of economic growth and urban competitiveness in Xi'an.

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XUE Dong-Qian, SHI Ning, GONG Xiao-Xiao . Spatial Features and Agglomeration of Producer Services in Xi'an City, China[J]. SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA, 2011 , 31(10) : 1195 -1201 . DOI: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2011.010.1195


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