PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (6): 725-732.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.06.012

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Explanation for the Phenomenon of Low Income and High Consumption in the Area of Outflow Migration: Lujiang Model and Its Implication

FENG Jian,WANG Ying,LIU Yanghua   

  1. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2009-10-01 Revised:2010-03-01 Online:2010-06-25 Published:2010-06-25


The phenomenon of low level of income and high level of consumption appears in the county towns of developing areas in rural China where plenty of migrants out-flow in recent years. This relationship between income and consumption looks like contradictory, which does not accord with the principle of economics and is difficult to get an explanation. In this paper, taking Lujiang as an example, the authors try to analyze and explain this phenomenon based on geographical viewpoint. They find that the out-flow of migration is the most important reason which lead to the low income and high consumption. Moreover, some special groups and traditional cultural customs are also important reasons. The model of Lujiang shows that in the developing areas of China, the opening and marketing of rural system can eliminate the urban-rural division which is the result of planned economy.

Key words: Lujiang County, new rural, the area of outflow migration, the relationship between income and consumption