The effects of telephone infrastructure on farmers’ agricultural outputs in China

Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur and Mamun, Shamsul Arifeen Khan (2017) The effects of telephone infrastructure on farmers’ agricultural outputs in China. Information Economics and Policy. ISSN 0167-6245


This paper examines the effect of farmers’ access to communication technologies (CTs) on farmers’ agri- cultural output at the aggregate level in the People’s Republic of China (P.R. China) based on panel data. The paper uses a dynamic Cobb–Douglas aggregate production function and the generalised method of moments (GMM) as estimation techniques to estimate the parameters of interests. The research find- ings are: the estimated effects (measured by elasticity) of teledensity on the provincial level agricultural output have been positive and statistically significant both in the short and long runs. In the long-run, the size of the effect is substantial: from 0.94 to 1.06. This implies that the agriculture sector of the P. R. China has some potentials to derive benefit from the use of CTs like telephone. Hence, the Chinese government should consider policy support to expand communication infrastructure for the farmers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 8 June 2017. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 23:34
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2018 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: China; Cobb–Douglas production function; generalised method of moments; elasticity; panel data
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
14 Economics > 1403 Econometrics > 140304 Panel Data Analysis
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910210 Production
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9101 Macroeconomics > 910199 Macroeconomics not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.infoecopol.2017.06.005

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