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Estimating Crop-Specific Production Technologies in Chinese Agriculture: A Generalized Maximum Entropy Approach

Xiaobo Zhang and Shenggen Fan

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 83, issue 2, pages 378-388
Published in print May 2001 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 2001 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0002-9092.00163
Estimating Crop-Specific Production Technologies in Chinese Agriculture: A Generalized Maximum Entropy Approach

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A generalized maximum entropy approach is adapted to empirically estimate crop-specific production technologies in Chinese agriculture. Despite a modest behavioral assumption about equal marginal returns of nonland inputs among crops, this method does not require price information, which is usually distorted in a centrally planned economy such as China. A multi-output technology for Chinese agriculture is estimated and input allocations for each province are recovered simultaneously. The estimated multi-output production technology and input allocations imply that China may have greater grain production potentials than previously thought.

Keywords: Chinese agriculture; generalized maximum entropy; input allocation; production analysis; technological change; O130; P320; Q120

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics ; Socialist Institutions and their Transitions ; Economic Development

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