Trade, Growth, Regions, and the Environment: Input-Output Analyses of the Chinese Economy

Topics: International trade, Export, Economics Pages: 438 (46371 words) Published: October 10, 2013
Trade, Growth, Regions, and the Environment:
Input-Output Analyses of the Chinese Economy

Jiansuo Pei

Publisher: University of Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands
Printer: Ipskamp Drukkers B.V.
Enschede, The Netherlands


978-90-367-5948-9 (book)
978-90-367-5947-2 (e-book)

© 2013 Jiansuo Pei
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system of any nature, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying or recording, without prior written permission of the author.

Trade, Growth, Regions, and the Environment:
Input-Output Analyses of the Chinese Economy


ter verkrijging van het doctoraat in de
Economie en Bedrijfskunde
aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
op gezag van de
Rector Magnificus, dr. E. Sterken,
in het openbaar te verdedigen op
donderdag 10 januari 2013
om 14.30 uur


Jiansuo Pei
geboren op 17 januari 1982
te Hebei, China


Prof. dr. J. Oosterhaven
Prof. dr. H.W.A. Dietzenbacher


Prof. dr. P. Mohnen
Prof. dr. S. Poncet
Prof. dr. A.E. Steenge

To my wife and son


Here comes the most exciting moment. This book contains my work for the “RuG part” of the “double-Ph.D. degree program”, which was jointly set up by the University of Groningen and the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. It’s benefited from many individuals (an incomplete list is given below) in different ways, directly or indirectly.

First and foremost, my deep appreciation goes to my supervisors: Prof. Jan Oosterhaven and Prof. Erik Dietzenbacher for the “Groningen thesis”, and Prof. Xikang Chen and Prof. Cuihong Yang for the “Beijing thesis”. To acknowledge them, I will start with Jan. I still remember the first time when we met in 2007; I was so upset, standing in front of his office. That nervousness was gone immediately when Jan went directly to talk about our research interests. Afterwards, I joined a boat trip with the research group when he explained how the dam works to let the boat go through via adjusting the water level and everything. It turned out to be an amazing journey (my very first boat experience).

In fact, along with more and more contact, we become very good friends, talking about football, hanging out together in the bar when we were in Sydney, and so on. These aspects may seem to be loosely related to the research; conversely, they are vital factors to guarantee a smooth and fruitful study. “Be critical” is the first lesson I have learnt from Jan, which can be thought of as an enormous “cultural shock” that I encountered (because it is so different from the Chinese way of thinking). Obviously, it is very important for doing research. “Simplify, simplify” is the second important advice that I have received. The list of advices can be extended indefinitely. Further, I would like to thank Tineke for her generously letting Jan spend time to help revising the thesis after his official retirement, and of course for her hospitality and invitations to joining delicious dinners. Especially in the summer vacation of 2012, Jan was allowed to spend twice as much time as he was expected (three days a week), to work together and have discussions about the thesis.

Equally deep thankfulness goes to Erik, with whom I met two months prior to coming to Groningen, when he gave an advanced course on Input-Output Economics


in Beijing. He is a nice, easy-going, and most importantly deep-thinking researcher. One of his frequently used words is “relax”; it comes when a certain idea is stuck or when proposing a new project. Whenever thinking of this word, a scene that springs to mind is him putting his legs on the desk and leaning back. Essentially, it has almost the same function as another phrase: “be patient”, which helps to do high quality research (recall also...

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