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Author Böber, Christian, 1979-

Title China in transition : poverty, income decomposition and labor allocation of agricultural households in Hebei province / Christian Böber
Published Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 213 pages) : illustrations
Series Hohenheimer volkswirtschaftliche Schriften, 0721-3085 ; Bd. 68
Hohenheimer volkswirtschaftliche Schriften ; Bd. 68. 0721-3085
Contents Cover; Acknowledgements; Table of contents; List of tables; List of figures; List of abbreviations and acronyms; List of Chinese terms and expressions; Zusammenfassung; Summary; 1 Introduction; 1.1 Background; 1.2 Objectives; 1.3 Hypotheses; 1.4 Outline of the thesis; 2 Hebei province; 2.1 Location, population and natural conditions; 2.2 The rural areas of Hebei province; 2.3 Summary; 3 Development and state of rural institutions in China; 3.1 Transition in rural China; 3.2 Rural China prior the period of communism; 3.3 Collectivization
3.4 Policy changes during the transition and the development of market institutions3.5 Farm households in China and Hebei; 3.5.1 General overview; 3.5.2 Part- and full-time farm households; 3.6 Alternatives to small scale farming?; 3.7 Summary; 4 Theory and methodology; 4.1 Development economics and measures of poverty and well-being; 4.1.1 Decomposition of income inequality; 4.1.2 Estimation of income inequality; 4.1.3 Poverty development and differences in poverty inequality for different population subgroups; 4.2 Labor allocation; 4.3 Agricultural household models
4.3.1 The concept of utility maximization of agricultural households4.3.2 Separability of households' labor decisions; 4.3.3 Theoretical model for the assessment of a household's labor allocation; 4.3.4 Theoretical model for the assessment of farm structure persistence; 4.4 Summary; 5 Data; 5.1 Working with panel data; 5.2 The household data set; 5.3 Summary; 6 The trend of poverty and income decomposition for Hebei -- Results; 6.1 Poverty trend; 6.2 Income decomposition; 6.2.1 Decomposition of income for 1986 and 2002; 6.2.2 Inequality in income; 6.2.3 Empirical Lorenz Curves; 6.3 Summary
7 Empirical specifications and econometric testing of separability, agricultural household and farm structure persistence models7.1 Separability of households' labor demand and supply decisions; 7.1.1 Variable set for testing separability; 7.1.2 Results of testing for separability; 7.2 Labor market participation of farm househol; 7.2.1 Empirical model and choice of variables; 7.2.2 Estimation procedure, measures of model fit and calculation of predicted probabilities; 7.2.3 Results of estimating farm households' labor market participation
7.3 Persistence and transition of farming structures over time7.3.1 The independent variable and the choice of explanatory variables; 7.3.2 Estimation procedure and model power; 7.3.3 Estimation results; 7.4 Summary; 8 Conclusions; References; Appendix A; Appendix B; Appendix C; Appendix D
Summary In China, inequality in social welfare is of rising political concern. This case study analyzes the determinants of well-being of rural households in Hebei using a secondary panel data set (1986 to 2006). One key question is how well-being was affected by institutional changes in times of societal transition. Based on population grouping, the author analyzes poverty and income development. The study reveals impacts of new possibilities to provide labor outside the own farm on the allocation of households' labor time and the stability of full- and part-time farming over time. The assessments ground on agricultural household models, microeconomic concepts of labor allocation, and welfare theories. Different methodologies, e.g. inequality decomposition or hazard analysis, are applied
Notes doctoral Universität, Hohenheim 2011
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Text in English, with summaries in German and English
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Subject Hebei.
Ländlicher Haushalt.
Poverty -- China -- Hebei Sheng
Equality -- China -- Hebei Sheng
Income distribution -- China -- Hebei Sheng
Manpower policy, Rural -- China -- Hebei Sheng
Labor market -- China -- Mathematical models
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Economic history.
Income distribution.
Labor market -- Mathematical models.
Manpower policy, Rural.
Hebei Sheng (China) -- Economic conditions
China -- Hebei Sheng.
Genre/Form Academic theses.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783653016765