Structural breaks, rural transformation and total factor productivity growth in China (working paper)

You, Kefei and Sarantis, Nicholas (2012) Structural breaks, rural transformation and total factor productivity growth in China (working paper). Centre for EMEA Banking, Finance and Economics Working Paper Series, 2012 (35). pp. 1-37.

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Abstract

This paper carries out an empirical investigation into the contribution of rural transformation, which can produce efficiency gains over and above those associated with technical progress, to total factor productivity in China during the post-reform period 1980-2010. For the first time for China, the roles of rural transformation and technical progress are examined whilst structural breaks are taken into account. We employ Bai and Perron (1998, 2003a, b) methods which allow for multiple structural breaks at unknown dates and can be applied for both pure and partial structural changes. We also evaluate the robustness of our results by employing alternative production functions and two capital series. Two structural breaks near the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989 and the implementation of further reforms and opening-up measures in 1995 were identified for both capital series. We found the contribution of rural transformation to total factor productivity to be significant and positive across all regimes. However, its importance to the growth of total factor productivity has been declining over time, while that of technical progress has been increasing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for EMEA Banking, Finance and Economics Working Paper Series; structural breaks; rural transformation; total factor productivity; China
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 10:12
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2015 13:42
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/394

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