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Regional differences and convergence of resources carrying capacity: a comparison of nine provinces and municipalities in China

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This paper applies an improved resources carrying capacity model established by Huang and He (2012), and estimates a single and composite resources carrying capacity, and uses sigma convergence, beta convergence and club convergence to investigate the dynamics of resources carrying capacity in nine provinces and municipalities in China from 1978 to 2008. Our results show that there exists time domain and regional characteristics in sigma convergence and club convergence of carrying capacity in China. But, the growth of carrying capacity of nine provinces and municipalities in China is beta absolute convergence.

Keywords: resource carrying capacity, regional differences, convergence test, time domain feature, regional characteristic, comparison, China, demographics, natural resources, ecology, economic growth, energy rsources, convergence theory, coal, crude oil, natural gas, hydro power

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