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Interregional Comparison of Agricultural Productivity Growth, Technical Progress, and Efficiency Change in China's Agriculture: A Nonparametric Index Approach

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    A linear programming technique is used to decompose agricultural factor productivity change in China's provinces during the period 1985 to 1994. The method allows the decomposition of productivity growth into two mutually exclusive and exhaustive parts: technological change and changes in pure technical efficiency. The decomposition provides a natural way to differentiate innovations from catching up phenomena in China's agriculture.

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    Paper provided by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in its series Working Papers with number ir97089.

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    Date of creation: Dec 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:wop:iasawp:ir97089

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