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Privatization, Public R&D Policy, and Private R&D Investment in China's Agriculture

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  • Hu, Ruifa
  • Liang, Qin
  • Pray, Carl E.
  • Huang, Jikun
  • Jin, Yanhong H.

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Private R&D is a major source of innovation and productivity growth in agriculture worldwide. This paper examines trends and determinants of agricultural R&D in China. Results show that while the public sector monopolized agricultural research until recently, private agricultural R&D has grown rapidly since 2000, driven largely by agribusiness privatization. Public-sector R&D investments in basic research also encouraged private R&D research, but public investments in technology development crowded out private R&D investment. China’s private R&D investment would grow more rapidly if the government shifted public resources from technology development to basic research.

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Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 36 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:117213

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Keywords: Agriculture; China; Private R&D; Privatization; Public R&D; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies;

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