Effect of the positive list system on the quality of China’s agricultural exports: a micro-level data analysis

CHEN Rong1 XU Helian2

(1.Economic College, Hunan Agricultural University)
(2.School of Economics and Trade, Hunan University)

【Abstract】The effect of the positive list system on China’s agricultural products is a major issue for both policy makers and the academic circle. Based on data from China’s customs trade database from 2000 to 2013, this paper adopts the product-level regression method to estimate the quality of China’s agricultural products. It then analyzes the quality structure characteristics of China’s agricultural exports from the aspects of trade and ownership. Finally, it analyzes the effect of the positive list system on China’s agricultural exports based on a difference-in-differences model. The findings are as follows: (1) the quality of China’s agricultural exports rose from 2000 to 2013, with a significant U-shaped change from 2007 to 2012; (2) the conclusion that the quality of China’s agricultural exports improved is tenable for different means of trading and different forms of ownership; (3) the effect of the positive list system on China’s agricultural exports is significant both statistically and economically.

【Keywords】 positive list system; exports; agricultural products; quality;

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【Funds】 Major Project of the National Social Science Fund of China (16ZDA038)

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ISSN:1002-4670

CN: 11-1692/F

Vol , No. 05, Pages 68-77

May 2018

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Abstract

  • Introduction
  • 1 Literature review
  • 2 Model and data
  • 3 Calculation results and analysis about the quality of agricultural exports
  • 4 Empirical analysis
  • 5 Conclusion and policy implications
  • References