This dataset created by AidData, a research lab at William & Mary‘s Global Research Institute, geolocates Chinese Government-financed projects that were implemented between 2000-2014.

It captures 3,485 projects worth $273.6 billion in total official financing. The dataset includes both Chinese aid and non-concessional official financing.

They have found that:

  • Chinese development projects in general, and Chinese transportation projects in particular, reduce economic inequality within and between subnational localities.
  • Chinese investments in “connective infrastructure” produce positive economic spillovers that lead to a more equal distribution of economic activity in the localities where they are implemented.

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