Tropical Geography ›› 2021, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (2): 217-228.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.003327

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Spatial Effect of Construction Land Misallocation in China: An Empirical Analysis Based on Data o 235 Cities

Junfeng Zhang1(), Congcong Wang2, Lei Xu3, Yuwei Weng1   

  1. 1.School of Public Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan 430073, China
    2.School of Business Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan 430073, China
    3.College of Land Resources, Hebei Agricultural University, Baoding 071001, China
  • Received:2020-06-11 Revised:2020-08-30 Online:2021-03-31 Published:2021-04-27


China's social and economic development is currently transitional. There is great incompatibility between the traditional construction land allocation model and the requirements of social and economic development, marked by a prominent contradiction between the supply and demand of construction land that has severely restricted the sustained and healthy development of China's social economy. Improving the efficiency of land resource allocation has become a new driving force for economic growth. With the limited driving power of this factor input for economic development, it is important to explore the occurrence and mechanism of rare construction land resource misallocation to secure the structural benefits of construction land allocation and sustainable economic development, as correcting construction land misallocation would greatly advance land supply-side reform and improve the efficiency of land resource allocation. To explain the mechanism of construction land misallocation, the article builds models for the measurement of both construction land misallocation and its mechanism, applying methods such as spatial autocorrelation model and the spatial Dubin model (SDM). Using these models, we focus on the space-time characteristics, driving factors, and spatial effects of construction land misallocation in China from 2001 to 2016. The sample data in this article come from 235 prefecture-level cities in China. The results show that the misallocation of construction land in China tends to decrease, followed by an increase, with a spatial distribution high in the West and low in the East. There were obvious spatial agglomeration and association features of construction land misallocation and its influencing factors in China, but the spatial correlation effect has weakened. Land financial dependence, industrial structure optimization, and market development have a significant negative impact on construction land misallocation, while government corruption and economic development have a significant positive impact and exert a space spillover effect. We find that the misallocation of construction land in our country is widespread and shows an upward trend. Changing the mode of economic development, increasing government governance, and improving market mechanisms and regional integration can effectively alleviate the misallocation of regional construction land. This paper is significant in discussing the driving factors of construction land misallocation from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, and in analyzing their spatial effect for the first time. It provides research directions and ideas for quantitatively exploring the problem of land resource misallocation, and indicates a feasible way to correct the misallocation of land resources.

Key words: construction land misallocation, driving mechanism, spatial effect, SDM, China

CLC Number: 

  • F301