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FY 2015/2016 Research Topic: C-36
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 a cooperative organization to improve the efficiency of agricultural production. The other is the innovation of a new cooperative ownership system under the rural collective ownership system unique to China. This study will attempt to review theoretical microeconomic models such as agency model and game theory and will focus on the economic relationship among stakeholders, including local governments, firms, brokers and farmers, to better understand the role of the cooperative organization and cooperative ownership system in rural development. Our final goal is to analyze the economic features of these newly developed organizations and institutions and their impact on the organization members and market participants by employing data collected through intensive interviews and questionnaire surveys conducted in China.


April 2014 - March 2016

Members of the Research Project

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


  • IDE Research Bulletin