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The Impact of Family Members Serving as Village Cadres on Rural Household Food Waste: Evidence from China

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  • Yi Luo

    (Center for Price Cost Investigation, National Development and Reform Commission, Beijing 100045, China)

  • Dong Huang

    (Institute of Economics, Hunan Academy of Social Sciences, Changsha 410003, China)

  • Fangfang Cao

    (Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China)

Abstract

Based on nationwide survey data from China, we used a fractional logit model for analysis and propensity score matching (PSM) to evaluate the impact of family members serving as village cadres on household food waste. We found that, first, one household in rural China wasted an average of 1.62% of total food per day; in particular, the waste of staple foods was the most serious, with 5.14% of rice wasted per day. Differences in economic development, the geographical environment and diet habits caused differences in food waste in various regions of China. Second, empirical analysis showed that family members serving as cadres significantly increased household food waste. Third, the PSM results showed that family members serving as village cadres significantly increased household food waste and the waste of rice products. Households with members serving as cadres wasted 1.98% of total foods and 7.15% of rice products, on average, while other households wasted only 1.22–1.55% of total foods and 3.55–4.74% of rice products, on average.

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  • Yi Luo & Dong Huang & Fangfang Cao, 2022. "The Impact of Family Members Serving as Village Cadres on Rural Household Food Waste: Evidence from China," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 14(5), pages 1-14, February.
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