China in Transition

Poverty, Income Decomposition and Labor Allocation of Agricultural Households in Hebei Province

by Christian Böber (Author)
Thesis XXIV, 212 Pages
Open Access
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In China, inequality in social welfare is of rising political concern. This case study analyzes the determinants of well-being of rural households in Hebei using a secondary panel data set (1986 to 2006). One key question is how well-being was affected by institutional changes in times of societal transition. Based on population grouping, the author analyzes poverty and income development. The study reveals impacts of new possibilities to provide labor outside the own farm on the allocation of households’ labor time and the stability of full- and part-time farming over time. The assessments ground on agricultural household models, microeconomic concepts of labor allocation, and welfare theories. Different methodologies, e.g. inequality decomposition or hazard analysis, are applied.


XXIV, 212
ISBN (Hardcover)
Open Access
Publication date
2012 (April)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XXIV, 212 pp., 25 tables, 16 graphs

Biographical notes

Christian Böber (Author)

Christian Böber was born in Querfurt in 1979. He studied Economics at the University of Jena and received his doctorate from the Institute of Economics at the University of Hohenheim. From 2007 to 2010, he was a member of the International Research Training Group «Modeling Material Flows and Production Systems for Sustainable Resource Use in Intensified Crop Production in the North China Plain».


Title: China in Transition