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Efficiency and Technology Gap in China's Agriculture: A Regional META-Frontier Analysis

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  • Zhuo Chen

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    (the Chicago Center of Excellence in Health Promotion Economics, The University of Chicago)

  • Shunfeng Song

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    (Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno)

Abstract

This paper utilizes a unique county-level dataset to examine technical efficiency and technology gap in China’s agriculture. We classify the counties into four regions with distinctive levels of economic development, and hence production technologies. A meta-frontier analysis is applied to the counties. We find that although the eastern counties have the highest efficiency scores with respect to the regional frontier but the northeastern region leads in terms of agricultural production technology nationwide. Meanwhile, the mean efficiency of the northeastern counties is particularly low, suggesting technology and knowledge diffusion within region might help to improve production efficiency and thus output.

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Paper provided by University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics & University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics in its series Working Papers with number 06-005.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:unr:wpaper:06-005

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Keywords: China’s grain production; county-level; metafrontier; stochastic production frontier; technical efficiency;

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