Journal Article

Reforms, the Weather, and Productivity Growth in China's Grain Sector

Bin Zhang and Colin A. Carter

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 79, issue 4, pages 1266-1277
Published in print November 1997 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online November 1997 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244283
Reforms, the Weather, and Productivity Growth in China's Grain Sector

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We use disaggregate county-level production data to study the effects of economic reform on China's grain production between 1980 and 1990. China's grain production area is divided into five regions based on geographic, agronomic, and meteorological criteria. Regional grain production functions are estimated, and weather is explicitly modeled. The institutional impact of economic reform was found to explain about 38% of the production growth from 1980 to 1985. This is lower than the estimates reported in many previous studies. Regional differences in efficiency gains from economic reform and in the effects of weather on grain production are found to be significant.

Keywords: agricultural reform; China; decollectivization; productivity growth; O130; P320; Q180

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

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