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Title: Path-dependent reformation of the Local economic space : commercialization in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China
Authors: Eng, Irene
Keywords: Ethnic minorities
Commercial farming
Border trade
Issue Date: 25-Jul-1997
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in the Social Sciences ; No. 26
Abstract: This paper examines the driving forces of recent economic change in Xishuangbanna, a relatively developed ethnic minority prefecture in southwest China. Its above average achievement in economic growth draws greatly on commercial farming, tourism, and border trade. Certain events in recent local history are shown to have had important effects on the sectoral concentration of economic activities, the level of economic attainment, and the form and outcomes of institutional change in the era of market reform starting from 1978. The findings indicate aspects of path-dependency in economic change and illustrate difficulties and challenges faced by China‚Äôs ethnic minority areas in overcoming economic backwardness.
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