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The influence of expected profits and adjustment to agricultural policies on the supply of agricultural products in China

WANG Chen1 WANG Jimin1

(1.Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences)

【Abstract】This paper constructed a dynamic supply response model for nine agricultural products by introducing variables such as expected profits and agricultural policy, studied the factors affecting the sown area and the yield per unit area of crops, and made a comparative analysis on the differences in agricultural product supply responses before and after the adjustment to agricultural policies in 2004. The results showed that the expected profits had a significantly positive impact on the sown area of crops. After the adjustment to agricultural policies in 2004, the impact of expected profits and natural risks on the supply of agricultural products generally weakened, indicating that China’s protection of farmers’ interests and increased investment in the agricultural infrastructure had enhanced the resilience of agricultural production. In addition, the sown area lagging one period and the yield per unit area lagging one period have great impacts on the supply of agricultural products, and the supply of agricultural products was rigid. The proportion of irrigated area and technological progress had significantly positive impacts on the yield per unit area of crops, and natural risks had a significantly negative impact on the yield per unit area. This paper believes that the relationship between expected profits and the agricultural product supply should be fully utilized, and the supply-side structural reform of agriculture should be promoted to change the structural shortage of agricultural products by changing comparative profits and farmers’ expectations. In addition, strengthening construction of the rural infrastructure, investment in agricultural science and technology innovation, and construction of disaster prevention and disaster prevention facilities can play a positive role in the supply of agricultural products.

【Keywords】 supply of agricultural products; expected profits; adjustment to agricultural policies; first order difference GMM estimation;


【Funds】 Science and Technology Innovation Project of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (ASTIP-IAED-2017)

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    [8]. ② In this paper, the profit is deducted from the total income of each crop minus the total cost. And the household labor expense is deducted from the total cost. In the survey, it is found that farmers rarely consider household wages when calculating profits. Therefore, it is more reasonable to remove household labor costs from costs. [^Back]

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    [11]. ① Since the total yield is the product of the sown area and the yield per unit area, that is, yit = AitYit, after calculating the logarithm, we get lnyit = lnAit+ lnYit. The expected profits as are taken as an example to calculate the long-term elasticity to the total yield. We calculate the partial derivatives of the expected profitsby the two sides of the above formula, and get. Then, we multiply both sides simultaneously by, and get. In other words, the long-term elasticity of expected profits to the total yield is equal to the sum of the elasticity of the sown area and that of the yield per unit area. [^Back]


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CN: 11-1262/F

Vol , No. 06, Pages 101-117

June 2018


Article Outline



  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature review on the supply of agricultural products
  • 3 Research methods and data sources of the dynamic supply response of agricultural products
  • 4 Analysis on the estimate results of the dynamic supply response of agricultural products in China
  • 5 Conclusions
  • Footnote