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Estimating crop-specific production technologies in Chinese agriculture: a generalized maximum entropy approach

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  • Zhang, Xiaobo
  • Fan, Shenggen

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A Generalized Maximum Entropy (GME) approach is adapted to empirically estimate crop-specific production technologies in Chinese agriculture. Despite a modest behavior assumption about equal marginal returns of non-land inputs among crops, this method does not require price information, which is usually distorted in a centrally planned economy such as China. Multi-output technologies for seven regions over more than two decades are 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.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series EPTD discussion papers with number 50.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:eptddp:50

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Keywords: Technology.; Crops China.;

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