PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (5): 601-608.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.05.013

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Progress in the Study of Border and Border Effects Issues by Economic Geographers: Western Countries&rsquo|Experience and Its Implications for China

WANG Liang1,2,3, LIU Weidong1,2   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    3. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2010-01-01 Revised:2010-03-01 Online:2010-05-25 Published:2010-05-25


As a special location, national border has been paid attention to by scholars extensively in western countries. The study has focused on “Border Effect” ever since the discourse by L?觟sch in economic geography. National border was merely taken as an “impediment line” between two countries in traditional economic geography. In the 1980s to mid-1990s, large quantities of literatures emerged on analyzing the “Impediment Effect” using econometrics. As the progress of globalization and regional economic integration, the “Integration Effect” along the border region and the transformation of border effects have caused in-depth debate among scholars, especially on “borderless”. And these become the major themes in this field. Compared to the progress in border effects study by western geographers, as discoursed in this paper, studies in this field in China are just starting up. Further studies are suggested to focus on the mechanism of industry agglomeration in border regions, the mode of cooperation in cross-border areas, the border zone institutional design and the cross-border governance in the context of “opening of China’s border region”.

Key words: border effects, globalization, impediment, intermediary, national border, regional integration