nep-cna New Economics Papers
on China
Issue of 2014‒12‒08
five papers chosen by
Zheng Fang
Ohio State University

  1. Province-level Convergence of China CO2 Emission Intensity By Zhao, Xueting; Burnett, J. Wesley; Lacombe, Donald J.
  2. Consumer Acceptance and Willingness to Pay for Genetically Modified Rice in China By Jin, Jing; Wailes, Eric; Dixon, Bruce; Nayga, Rodolfo M. Jr.; Zheng, Zhihao
  3. Farmer’s Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events through Farm Management and Its Impacts on the Mean and Risk of Rice Yield in China By Huang, Jikun; Wang, Yangjie; Wang, Jinxia
  4. Life satisfaction and influencing factors of the elderly population in rural China By Ding, Ya
  5. How Close is Asia to Already Being A Trade Bloc? By Chunding Li; John Whalley

  1. By: Zhao, Xueting; Burnett, J. Wesley; Lacombe, Donald J.
    Abstract: This study offers a unique contribution to the literature by investigating the convergence of province-level carbon dioxide emission intensity among a panel of 30 provinces in China over the period 1990-2010. We use a novel, spatial dynamic panel data model to evaluate an empirically testable hypothesis of convergence among provinces. Our results suggest that: (1) CO2 emission intensities are converging across provinces in China; (2) the rate of convergence is higher with the dynamic panel data model than the cross-sectional regression models; and, (3) province-level CO2 emission intensities are spatially correlated and the rate of convergence, when controlling for spatial autocorrelation, is higher than with the non-spatial models.
    Keywords: CO2 emission intensity, Convergence, Spatial dynamic panel data, China, Environmental Economics and Policy, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy, C40, Q4, Q54, Q56, R11,
    Date: 2014
  2. By: Jin, Jing; Wailes, Eric; Dixon, Bruce; Nayga, Rodolfo M. Jr.; Zheng, Zhihao
    Abstract: Over the past decade public perception of GM food in China has become increasingly contentious. Concerns have emerged with regard to public health, environmental safety, and economic impacts. This paper utilizes a survey conducted in 2013 to evaluate China’s urban consumers’ acceptance and willingness to pay (WTP) for genetically modified rice. The survey was conducted in thirteen of the main rice consuming provinces of China. Responses from 994 consumers are used to estimate WTP for GM rice relative to non-GM rice. A double bounded dichotomous choice contingent valuation method is used to estimate consumers’ WTP for GM rice products. The effect of socio-demographic characteristics of consumers on acceptance and WTP is also reported. The survey design includes different information treatments for GM rice: no specific rice trait information, environmental/producer trait information (Bt rice), consumer health trait information (Golden rice) and stacked environmental/producer plus consumer health traits information. For the three specific rice trait information treatments, the risks and benefits information were reordered for the half of the respondents. The main result of the study is that a majority of Chinese urban consumers require a large discount to be willing to pay for GM rice regardless of rice trait and information treatment. Compared to previous studies, Chinese consumers’ WTP and attitudes on GM rice have become more negative.
    Keywords: GM rice, China urban consumers, willingness to pay, double bounded dichotomous choice model, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Marketing, D12,
    Date: 2014
  3. By: Huang, Jikun; Wang, Yangjie; Wang, Jinxia
    Keywords: adaptation, rice, China, extreme weather, yield, risk exposure, Crop Production/Industries, Environmental Economics and Policy, Risk and Uncertainty,
    Date: 2014–07
  4. By: Ding, Ya
    Keywords: life satisfaction, rural China, elderly population, pension system, Health Economics and Policy,
    Date: 2014
  5. By: Chunding Li; John Whalley
    Abstract: FTA bilateral and regional negotiations in Asia have developed quickly in the past decade moving Asia ever closer to an economic union. Unlike Europe with the EU and the 1997 treaty of Rome and the 1993 NAFTA in North American, Asian economic integration does not involve a comprehensive trade treaty, but an accelerating process of building one bilateral agreement on another. For countries in Asia there is negotiation of a China-Japan-Korea agreement, a China-India agreement, a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This paper uses a fifteen-country global general equilibrium model with trade costs to numerically calculate Debreu distance measures between the present situation and potential full Asia integration in the form of a trade bloc. Our results reveal that these large Asia economies can be close to full integration if they act timely in agreements through negotiation. All Asia countries will gain from Asia trade bloc arrangements except when the Asia FTA can only eliminate tariffs. These countries' gain will increase as bilateral non-tariff elimination deepens. Larger countries will gain more than small countries. Asia FTA, Asia Union and RCEP will benefit member countries more than ASEAN+3. Global free trade will benefit all countries the most.
    JEL: D58 D61 F15
    Date: 2014–08

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