The Economics of Price Scissors: An Empirical Investigation for China
39 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2007 Last revised: 22 Apr 2008
Date Written: April 20, 2008
The Sah-Stiglitz "Economics of Price Scissors" model on the political economy of price scissors derives the optimal terms of trade against peasants. In the present paper, by extending this model to an open economy and allowing agricultural rationing, we first check if the model stands up to China's data and, if so, we estimate its key structural parameters. Using province-level panel data from 1949-1992, we find that the importance of peasants in China's governmental objective function is less than the importance of workers. In addition, the importance of consumption is also less than that of capital accumulation. Such findings are consistent the reality in China.
Keywords: China, Price Scissors, Trade, Political Economy
JEL Classification: F1, O1
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