Productivity and growth performance, on which this book focuses, are two important topics in understanding China's agricultural development - which for a long time has been called a 'miracle' by researchers. Using both theoretical and empirical analysis, this book examines the sources of growth, the impact of economic reforms on development and the sustainability of China's agriculture. In particular, the contributors address issues associated with the choice of technology, the impact of human capital and regional disparities in China's agricultural sector, and adds to debates on rural reforms, sustainable development and food security in China. As a developing country, China's rural development experience provides important lessons for other less developed countries. The findings in this book hence help draw policy implications for both China and other countries at similar stages of development.
'...it caters well to policy-makers...but at the same time, it whets the appetite of econometricians...this book is an excellent and timely effort.' - Renuka Mahadevan, Asia Pacific Journal of Economics & Business