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Paradoxes of Traffic Flow and Economics of Congestion Pricing

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  • Chengri Ding

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    (Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of Maryland)

  • Shunfeng Song

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    (Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno)

  • Yiling Zhang

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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 08-007.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:unr:wpaper:08-007

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Keywords: China’s grain production; County-level; Metafrontier; Stochastic production frontier; Technical efficiency;

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  1. Krupnick, Alan & Harrington, Winston & Alberini, Anna, 1998. "Overcoming Public Aversion to Congestion Pricing," Discussion Papers dp-98-27, Resources For the Future.
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