Irrigation, Poverty and Inequality in Rural China

17 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2005

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Qiuqiong Huang

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

Scott Rozelle

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

David Dawe

FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Jikun Huang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of irrigation on rural incomes, poverty and the income distribution in rural China. The relationship between irrigation and income is examined using descriptive statistics and multivariate analysis. A simulation approach is used to explore the impact of irrigation on poverty incidence. To uncover the effect of irrigation on the income distribution, inequality is decomposed by source of income, by group according to access to irrigation and by estimated income flows as a result of specific household characteristics. The results show that irrigation increases income and reduces poverty and inequality.

Suggested Citation

Huang, Qiuqiong and Rozelle, Scott and Dawe, David and Huang, Jikun, Irrigation, Poverty and Inequality in Rural China. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 159-175, June 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=739372

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