Livestock in China: Commodity‐Specific Total Factor Productivity Decomposition Using New Panel Data

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Allan N. Rae

Massey University - School of Economics and Finance

Hengyun Ma

Massey University - Applied and International Economics; Henan Agricultural University

Jikun Huang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Scott Rozelle

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

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Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

Studies of total factor productivity (TFP) in livestock production are rare, but when available provide useful information especially in the context of developing countries such as China where livestock is becoming more important in the domestic agricultural economy. We estimate TFP for four major livestock products in China employing the stochastic frontier approach, and decompose productivity growth into its technical efficiency (TE) and technical progress components. Efforts are made to adjust and augment the available livestock statistics. The results show that growth in TFP and its components varied between the 1980s and the 1990s as well as over production structures. While there is evidence of considerable technical innovation in China's livestock sector, TE improvement has been relatively slow.

Keywords: adjusted data, China, decomposition of TFP, livestock, stochastic production frontier

Suggested Citation

Rae, Allan N. and Ma, Hengyun and Huang, Jikun and Rozelle, Scott, Livestock in China: Commodity‐Specific Total Factor Productivity Decomposition Using New Panel Data (August 2006). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 88, Issue 3, pp. 680-695, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3581996 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2006.00888.x

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