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Pump-set clusters in China: explaining the organization of the industry that revolutionized Asian agriculture

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  • Qiuqiong Huang

    () (Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota)

  • Scott Rozelle

    (Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Centre, Freeman Spogli Institute for International studies, Stanford University)

  • Dinghuan Hu

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

Abstract

This paper studies the pump-set industry in rural China, which has led to the widespread diffusion of inexpensive and readily repairable pumping technology in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Viet Nam. To do so, we first describe the rise of China’s pump-set industry, which includes hundreds of small family-owned enterprises that are doing business in a manufacturing cluster located in a single small town in southern China. We then discuss the advantages and disadvantages associated with this type of industrial structure. We conclude by examining the dynamics of the industry that have emerged during the past decade and speculate on future developments of China’s pump-set industry and the ways that it may continue to support the further expansion of food production in Asia.

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  • Qiuqiong Huang & Scott Rozelle & Dinghuan Hu, 2007. "Pump-set clusters in China: explaining the organization of the industry that revolutionized Asian agriculture," Asia-Pacific Development Journal, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), vol. 14(2), pages 75-105, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:jnapdj:v:14:y:2007:i:2:p:75-105
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    Keywords

    Pump set industry; Industry Cluster; Rural China; Southeast Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • L68 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Appliances; Furniture; Other Consumer Durables
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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