Published on: 2017-04-07
In contrast to the stagnation of agriculture in Africa, agriculture sees continuous growth in other continents. In particular, China had seen a continuous growth in agriculture for more than a decade by 2015.
So what explains the continuous increase of total agricultural output in China? I shall pay particular attention to the increase in agricultural R&D and the change in the market structure of seed industry. China liberalized its seed industry in 2000. The seed industry was locally monopolized before the liberalization and it becomes more and more competitive thereafter. I shall discuss the impacts of this liberalization on the incentive of agricultural researchers to develop seeds of higher quality and suggest an explanation for the continuous increase of total agricultural output in China.
About the Speaker
Xiang Ma is a postdoctoral fellow at Institute for Emerging Market Studies and Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his PhD in Economics from Yale University. His research has been focusing on public good provision and agriculture in emerging markets. During graduate study, he won the Cowles Foundation Fellowship and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship.