Construction and economic development : The case of Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815-826
Journal / PublicationConstruction Management and Economics
Volume26
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The role of construction in economic development is an important issue facing the construction research community, government and international development agencies. Based on empirical analyses, the complexities of the relationship between construction activity and stage of economic development in Hong Kong were examined. With time series data, Granger causality test results show that the construction output particularly the infrastructure sector drives the economic growth of Hong Kong, and not vice versa. Findings further indicate that the role of the local construction industry changes as the economy matures from newly industrializing country (NIC) to advanced industrialized country (AIC) status, as revealed by the diminishing rate of capacity addition by construction as well as the growing maintenance and repair sector. This complies with Bon's inverted U-shaped relationship between construction activity and gross domestic product (GDP). However, the proposition of 'volume follows share' is not supported since the indigenous construction investments still sustain for the service-oriented economy which inevitably needs commercial development and logistics infrastructure to provide the services. The results may be significant for policy makers in NICs, in the long run, to formulate corporate and industrial policies to chart out a viable and sustainable course to revive the vigour of the industry.

Research Area(s)

  • Bon curve, Construction industry, Economic development, Hong Kong, Investments

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Citation Format(s)

Construction and economic development : The case of Hong Kong. / Wong, James M.W.; Chiang, Y. H.; Ng, Thomas S.

In: Construction Management and Economics, Vol. 26, No. 8, 08.2008, p. 815-826.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review