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Did Agricultural Technological Changes Affect China¡¯s Regional Disparity?


  • Xiaoyun Liu
  • Xiuqing Wang
  • Xuefeng Mao
  • Wanchun Luo
  • Xian Xin

    () (College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University Center for Rural Development Policy,China Agricultural University)


China¡¯s agricultural sector has developed very rapidly in the past 30 years and agricultural technological progress is deemed as one of the most substantial factors leading to China¡¯s rapid agricultural GDP growth. In this paper we assess the impacts of agricultural technological changed on regional disparity with a general equilibrium model of multiple regions and multiple sectors. Our results suggest that agricultural technological changes significantly reduced China¡¯s agricultural regional disparity and accounted for 40% reduction of agricultural regional disparity in terms of agricultural GDP per capita. Agricultual technological changes, however, led to an increase of China¡¯s overall regional disparity and accounted for 6% increase of China¡¯s overall regional disparity in terms per capita GDP.

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  • Xiaoyun Liu & Xiuqing Wang & Xuefeng Mao & Wanchun Luo & Xian Xin, 2008. "Did Agricultural Technological Changes Affect China¡¯s Regional Disparity?," Working Papers 0803, China Agricultural University, College of Economics and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:cau:wpaper:0803

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    Agricultural technological change; Regional disparity; General equilibrium model;

    JEL classification:

    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • R13 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General Equilibrium and Welfare Economic Analysis of Regional Economies
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • C67 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Input-Output Models


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