Self-Employment with Chinese Characteristics: The Forgotten Engine of Rural China's Growth

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Jian Zhang

University of California, Davis. Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Linxiu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy

Scott Rozelle

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Steve Boucher

University of California, Davis

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

This article sketches a picture of the self-employment sector in rural China and examines the nature of its emergence. Using a randomly selected, nationally representative household-level data set that contains detailed information on household self-employment activities, this article provides evidence that although the self-employed enterprises are small, they have grown fast, operate as relatively complex businesses, and perform well in a financially healthy way. These results, taken together with the pattern of the emergence of self-employed enterprises across China's regions, reveal that the expansion of self-employment is not symptomatic of a failing economy; instead it is a component of the dynamic development process that characterizes rural China during its reform period. (JEL J23, D21, O12)

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Jian and Zhang, Linxiu and Rozelle, Scott and Boucher, Steve, Self-Employment with Chinese Characteristics: The Forgotten Engine of Rural China's Growth (July 2006). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 446-458, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1095587 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cep/byj034

Jian Zhang

University of California, Davis. Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

United States

Linxiu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy ( email )

Anwai, Beijing, 100101
China

Scott Rozelle

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-752-9897 (Phone)

Steve Boucher

University of California, Davis

One Shields Avenue
Apt 153
Davis, CA 95616
United States

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