nep-cna New Economics Papers
on China
Issue of 2013‒07‒15
two papers chosen by
Zheng Fang
Ohio State University

  1. Migration and Young Child Nutrition: Evidence from Rural China By Mu, Ren; de Brauw, Alan
  2. Lending for Growth? An Analysis of State-Owned Banks in China By Andersson, Fredrik N. G.; Burzynska, Katarzyna; Opper, Sonja

  1. By: Mu, Ren (Texas A&M University); de Brauw, Alan (International Food Policy Research Institute)
    Abstract: The unprecedented large scale rural-to-urban migration in China has left many rural children living apart from their parents. In this study, we examine the impact of parental migration on the nutritional status of young children in rural areas. We use the interaction terms between wage growth in provincial capital cities and initial village migrant networks as instrumental variables to account for migration selection. Our results show that parental migration has no significant impact on the height of children, but it improves their weight. We provide suggestive evidence that the improvement in weight may be achieved through increased access to tap water in migrant households. Concerns about the sustainability of the impact on weight are raised in the conclusions.
    Keywords: migration, children, nutrition, rural China, child nutrition
    JEL: I1 J6 O1
    Date: 2013–06
  2. By: Andersson, Fredrik N. G. (Department of Economics, Lund University); Burzynska, Katarzyna (Department of Economics, Lund University); Opper, Sonja (Department of Economics, Lund University)
    Abstract: This paper provides the first comparative analysis of different types of publicly owned banks operating in China between 1997 and 2008. Using principal component analysis and Granger-causality tests, this study shows that China’s state-owned commercial banks and rural credit cooperatives did not promote GDP growth during the observation period. State-owned commercial banks even had a negative effect on growth in the manufacturing sector. By contrast, state policy banks and joint stock commercial banks did promote domestic growth. China’s experience presents a more nuanced picture of state banking that goes beyond the role of ownership to consider functional and institutional differences.
    Keywords: China; Banking sector; Economic growth
    JEL: G21 O16 P30
    Date: 2013–06–17

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