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County Manufacturing Upgrading Impact Dataset of Turning Counties into Districts in China (1998-2015)

QIAO Yibo1HE Canfei2,3
1 School of Architecture and Urban Planning,Nanjing University,Nanjing 210093,China2 College of Urban and Environmental Sciences,Peking University,Beijing 100871,China3 Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy,Beijing 100871,China


Published:Oct. 2023

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Key Words:

Turning Counties into Districts; manufacturing upgrading; industrial evolution; China


The county manufacturing upgrading Impact dataset of turning counties into districts in China (1998-2015) was developed based on the Annual Survey of Industrial Firms (1998-2015), and the Changes in Administrative Divisions above the County Level (1998-2015) published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China, and the analysis model. The region covers 1110 counties and 376 four-digit industries ranging from 1998 to 2015. The dataset includes: (1) county-level industry entry and exit (variables: entry and exit); (2) industrial knowledge complexity in 1998 (complexity); (3) counties which were turned into districts (ctd); (4) county-level industrial relatedness density (relden); (5) county-level industry size (size); (6) regression result of impact of turning counties into districts on manufacturing upgrading. The dataset is archived in .rds and .xlsx formats, and consists of 2 data files with data size of 108 MB. The analysis paper based on this dataset will be published in Acta Geographica Sinica, Vol. 78, 2023.

Foundation Item:

National Natural Science Foundation of China (52378059, 52278066, 42171169)

Data Citation:

QIAO Yibo, HE Canfei. County Manufacturing Upgrading Impact Dataset of Turning Counties into Districts in China (1998-2015)[J/DB/OL]. Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository, 2023.


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     [3] Hidalgo, C. A., Hausmann, R. The building blocks of economic complexity [J]. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2009, 106(26): 10570-10575.
     [4] Balland, P. A, Boschma, R., Crespo, J., et al. Smart specialization policy in the European Union: relatedness, knowledge complexity and regional diversification [J]. Regional Studies, 2019, 53(9): 1252-1268.
     [5] He, C., Yan, Y., Rigby, D. Regional industrial evolution in China [J]. Papers in Regional Science, 2018, 97(2): 173-198.

Data Product:

ID Data Name Data Size Operation
1 Impact_Counties_Districts_1998-2015.rar 109872.88KB