Surplus labour and productivity in Chinese agriculture: Evidence from household survey data

@inproceedings{Cook1999SurplusLA,
  title={Surplus labour and productivity in Chinese agriculture: Evidence from household survey data},
  author={Sarah Cook},
  year={1999}
}
This study investigates whether the concept of surplus labour adequately characterises the labour conditions facing rural Chinese households, and the implications of such a surplus for household labour allocation. Using household survey data from one county in north China, we first estimate the marginal products of labour in agricultural and non-agricultural activities; these are compared with the returns to labour in other activities. The marginal returns to agricultural labour are found to be… CONTINUE READING

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