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Household-level linkages between off-farm employment and agricultural fixed assets in rural China


  • Weiliang Su
  • Chengfang Liu
  • Linxiu Zhang
  • Renfu Luo
  • Hongmei YI


Purpose - – The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of off-farm employment on agricultural fixed assets among households in rural China. Design/methodology/approach - – The authors drew on panel data from two rounds of household-level surveys of more than 2,000 households in rural China. The two surveys were conducted in 2008 and 2012 in five provinces. The authors used instrumental-variable Tobit model to test whether the current value of agricultural fixed assets differ between households with different levels off-farm employment. Findings - – The authors observe that off-farm employment has a negative effect on the current value of agricultural fixed assets at the household level in rural China. Originality/value - – The authors believe that the results will contribute positively to the assessment of the effect of off-farm employment on the investment in agricultural fixed assets at the household level in the context of China.

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  • Weiliang Su & Chengfang Liu & Linxiu Zhang & Renfu Luo & Hongmei YI, 2015. "Household-level linkages between off-farm employment and agricultural fixed assets in rural China," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 7(2), pages 185-196, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:caerpp:v:7:y:2015:i:2:p:185-196

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    1. Linxiu Zhang & Weiliang Su & Tor Eriksson & Chengfang Liu, 2016. "How Off-farm Employment Affects Technical Efficiency of China's Farms: The Case of Jiangsu," China & World Economy, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, vol. 24(3), pages 37-51, May.

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