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Will Market Prices Enhance Chinese Agriculture?: A Test Of Regional Comparative Advantage


  • Zhong, Funing
  • Carter, Colin A.


China is the world's largest producer and consumer of food. In the past, China's governmental policy advocated regional self-sufficiency in agricultural production, and it is generally believed that regional self-sufficiency was enforced at high economic cost. However, this changed with the 1979 economic reforms which encouraged some regional specialization. It is expected that there may be further shifts in regional production patterns and interregional trade flows. This article uses data on land productivity to test for regional comparative advantage, and it provides some empirical evidence on provincial comparative advantage in cotton versus grain production in China.

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  • Zhong, Funing & Carter, Colin A., 1991. "Will Market Prices Enhance Chinese Agriculture?: A Test Of Regional Comparative Advantage," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 16(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32600

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    1. Stanmore, Roland & Ahmadi-Esfahani, Fredoun Z., 1995. "The Structure Of The Chinese Food Industries: Implications For Model Building," 1995 Conference (39th), February 14-16, 1995, Perth, Australia 171110, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    2. Weersink, Alfons & Rozelle, Scott, 1997. "Marketing reforms, market development and agricultural production in China," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 17(2-3), pages 95-114, December.
    3. Carter, Colin A. & Estrin, Andrew J., 2001. "Market Reforms Versus Structural Reforms in Rural China," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 527-541, September.
    4. Xilin Li, 2012. "Technology, factor endowments, and China's agricultural foreign trade: a neoclassical approach," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 4(1), pages 105-123, January.
    5. Fredoun Z. Ahmadi-Esfahani & Christopher G. Locke, 1998. "The Industrial Organization Of The Chinese Food Economy: Socialistic Or Capitalistic?," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 16(1), pages 34-46, January.


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