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Convergence in China's Regional Agricultural Productivity: Catching up or Lagging Behind?

S.L. Wang, Jikun Huang (), X. Wang and F. Tuan
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Sun Ling Wang

No 276051, 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia from International Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: In this study, we use a multilateral total factor productivity (TFP) panel data, spanning 1985-2013 period, to test hypotheses of convergence to a single TFP level (σ convergence) and to a region-specific steady state TFP growth rate (β convergence) for China’s farm sector. Results show that there is no evidence of an overall σ convergence across all provinces. However, we find robust evidences of β convergence. Estimated rates of β convergence are conditional on how we capture the heterogeneity across regions. Overall, the rate of β convergence ranges from 0.016 to 0.039. Estimates also show that higher growth rate of education, R&D, capital/labor ratio, or intermediate goods/labor ratio can boost the rate of TFP growth.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; International Development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.276051

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