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Tradeoff between Farm Profitability and the Desire for Market Work: An Empirical Analysis of Chinese Farm Households


  • Sonoda, Tadashi


This study uses an agricultural household model to examine the tradeoff between farm profitability and a household head’s desire for market work. The theoretical analysis is a comparative statics analysis relative to the two variables. Results show that the tradeoff can arise for non-participants in the labor market under plausible conditions and that the desire for market work has no effect on farm profitability for participants in the labor market. The empirical analysis derives simultaneous equations of the two variables. These equations reveal exclusion restrictions on specific exogenous variables and “local separability” of the model in the equation of farm profitability. Estimation results for Chinese farm households in 2002 verify the tradeoff for the Western region, although it is not found for the other regions. The results are also used to demonstrate the plausibility of the model under “local separability” compared with that under “global separability.”

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  • Sonoda, Tadashi, 2012. "Tradeoff between Farm Profitability and the Desire for Market Work: An Empirical Analysis of Chinese Farm Households," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124624, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea12:124624

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    1. Barry K. Goodwin & Ashok K. Mishra, 2004. "Farming Efficiency and the Determinants of Multiple Job Holding by Farm Operators," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 86(3), pages 722-729.
    2. Michael R. Carter & Yang Yao, 2002. "Local versus Global Separability in Agricultural Household Models: The Factor Price Equalization Effect of Land Transfer Rights," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 84(3), pages 702-715.
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    farm profitability; desire for market work; agricultural household model; local separability; global separability; Chinese farm households; Consumer/Household Economics; Labor and Human Capital; Production Economics; J22; Q12;

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    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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