An Institutional Analysis on China’s “Urban Disease”
Jiabin LIN
Abstract This paper aims to clarify the institutional causes of China’s “urban disease” and propose solutions to counter it. The institutional causes summarized in the paper include the fiscal and taxation system, land system, planning system, the central-local relations, and so forth. By influencing the behavior of municipal governments, these factors not only produce excessive incentives for cities to pursue urban development, but also result in “urban disease” in Chinese cities. Based on such an analysis, this paper puts forward some thoughts and suggestions on gradual reforms in the future to help mitigate China’s “urban disease.”

Keywords “urban disease”; institutional cause; interaction mechanism; solutions

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