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The effects of agricultural market liberalization and commercialization on household food security in rural China

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Title: The effects of agricultural market liberalization and commercialization on household food security in rural China
Author(s): Fan, Linlin
Advisor(s): Baylis, Kathy; Nogueira, Lia; Winter-Nelson, Alex
Department / Program: Agr & Consumer Economics
Discipline: Agr & Consumer Economics
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.S.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): commercialization market liberalization agriculture food security China
Abstract: China underwent tremendous agricultural market reforms in the 1990s prior to its accession to the WTO, drastically decreasing domestic market distortions. I ask whether these reforms have led to agricultural commercialization and have improved the welfare of rural Chinese households measured by household average share of calories from non-staples. I identify the effect of local market liberalization by calculating the degree to which local markets reflect world prices. I find that farmers have commercialized in response to market liberalization and that particularly for food insecure households, commercialization has increased household nutrition. The commercialization of field crops and horticulture increases nutrition while the commercialization of livestock does not.
Issue Date: 2012-09-18
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/34382
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Linlin Fan
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-09-18
Date Deposited: 2012-08
 

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