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FY 2014/2015 Research Topic: C-41
Institutional Innovations and Adaptation to Marketization in Rural China: Economic Analysis of Cooperative Organizations and the Collective Ownership System


Since the early 1980s, two remarkable institutional innovations have emerged in rural China. One is the quick development of a new type of intermediate organization called cooperative organization which contributes to improve the efficiency of agricultural production. The other is the establishment of a cooperative ownership system under the rural collective ownership system, which is unique to China. This study will attempt to review the microeconomic theoretical models, such as the agency model and game theory, and examine the role of cooperative organizations and the cooperative ownership system in rural development, focusing on the economic relationship among stakeholders such as local governments, firms, brokers and farmers. Our final goals are to analyze the economic features of these newly developed organizations and institutions, and to evaluate their impact on organization members and market participants using data collected through intensive interviews and questionnaires conducted in China.


April 2014 - March 2016

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] HOKEN Hisatoshi
[ Co-researchers ] YAMADA Nanae
[ Co-researchers ] WATANABE Mariko (Professor, Gakushuin University)


  • First Year: Interim Report
  • Second Year: IDE Research Bulletin