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Palgrave Studies in Economic History

Agricultural Transition in China

Domestic and International Perspectives on Technology and Institutional Change

Authors: Du, Jun

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    • Deepens readers’ understanding of the nature of contemporary Chinese economic development 
    • Relaxes the hypothesis of the perfect market condition to discuss institutional and technological changes in Chinese post-reform agriculture under the complex market institution
    • Highlights the decisive role of market institutions in determining the selection and transition of agricultural technologies
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This book extends current research on the political economy of modern China, with particular regard to agricultural development and its role in economic transition. It uses Neoclassical principles to re-interpret agricultural growth and technological change under complex market institutions with empirical studies on China and selected East Asian economies. The text also questions how technological advances in China contribute to the Great Divergence debate.

Through a comparative analysis of agricultural technical changes in the planting of rice paddies in Japan, Taiwan and China, Du finds that different market institutions and structures have given rise to considerable diversity of agricultural change between different economies in terms of the nature, timing and duration of technological transition. Such diversification has, in turn, affected the trajectories of agricultural and wider economic growth.

Here, Du reflects on the nature of contemporary Chinese economic development and extends observations on agricultural transition to the entirety of Asia, finding that the nature, timing, and time-span of agriculture technology transitions have varied considerably across different economies. 

About the authors

Jun Du is a visiting research fellow of the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore. She holds a PhD from University of London, UK, specialising in institutional and agricultural economics with an application to China and other East Asian countries. Her research interests include induced innovation in agriculture and Chinese agricultural economic history.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Agricultural Transition in China
Book Subtitle
Domestic and International Perspectives on Technology and Institutional Change
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76905-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76905-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76904-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 194
Number of Illustrations
25 illustrations in colour
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