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Technical Efficiency and Its Determinants in China's Grain Production

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  • Weiming Tian
  • Guang Wan

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Using survey data from China, frontier production functions are estimated individually for crops of rice, wheat and corn. Technical efficiencies and their determinants are analyzed. The results suggest that one cannot be optimistic about the future of China's grain sector as the scope for output growth through input injection and efficiency gain is found to be quite limited. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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  • Weiming Tian & Guang Wan, 2000. "Technical Efficiency and Its Determinants in China's Grain Production," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 159-174, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:13:y:2000:i:2:p:159-174
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1007805015716
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