This study by Shenggen Fan makes three important and original contributions. It is the first study to report regional patterns of productivity growth in Chinese agriculture. There have been dramatic differences in output and productivity growth among Chinese regions. The second contribution is to measure the separate effects of technical change and institutional reform on productivity growth. Much of the rapid growth in agricultural production and in productivity since the late 1970s has been a consequence of an important series of institutional reforms. The third contribution is the first test of the induced innovation hypothesis against experience in a centrally planned economy. Regional patterns of productivity growth are consistent with the hypothesis that the path of technical change has been responsive to regional differences in resource endowments.
List of Tables -- List of Figures -- Foreword /Karen M. Brooks and Vernon W. Ruttan -- Acknowledgments -- CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION -- CHAPTER 2 - REGIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF CHINESE AGRICULTURE -- CHAPTER 3 - ESTIMATION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION FUNCTIONS: A FRONTIER PRODUCTION FUNCTION APPROACH -- CHAPTER 4 - COMPARISON OF PARTIAL PRODUCTIVITY AND TOTAL FACTOR PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH AMONG REGIONS -- CHAPTER 5 - SOURCES OF PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH AND REGIONAL DIFFERENCES -- CHAPTER 6 - CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS -- APPENDIXES -- Bibliography -- Index.