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Empirical Effects of Entrepreneurship on Local Development: A Local Perspective in China
Vol. Volume 21, Number 1 March/2016

Xiaohong He and Xi Cheb
It is a common belief that entrepreneurship active regions tend to have better economic development. This paper aims to examine what changes have occurred on a region’s social, physical (e.g. food, air, water, soil or health that can affect physical survival) and economic conditions during a large scale regional entrepreneurial development. Focusing on the entrepreneurially active region, Zhejiang Province of China, the study finds mixed results based on the published statistics by the Chinese Government and information from the US satellite data during 1980-2010. The findings may have policy implications for China’s further progress, as well as for the progress of other developing countries.

Keywords: China, entrepreneurship, human development, environment sustainability