Chinese Agriculture in the 1930s

Investigations into John Lossing Buck’s Rediscovered ‘Land Utilization in China’ Microdata

  • Hao Hu
  • Funing Zhong
  • Calum G. Turvey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Hao Hu, Mikio Suga, Weiwei Zheng, Minjie Yu, Funing Zhong
    Pages 85-112
  3. Calum G. Turvey, Hong Fu
    Pages 225-257
  4. Hao Hu, Funing Zhong, Calum G. Turvey
    Pages 291-301
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-311

About this book


This edited volume analyzes land utilization data from farm surveys taken in China between 1929 and 1933. This data, which was the foundation for John Lossing Buck’s seminal work Land Utilization in China (1937), was thought lost to history until rediscovered in 2000. The book presents the first modern analyses of agricultural economics in Republican China using Buck’s micro-data, covering important topics such as tenancy issues, land productivity, surplus labor, workers’ incomes, credit supply, and regional differences. Using modern analytical methods, this book presents a more accurate picture of the agricultural economy in the Republican Era and will be of particular interest to agricultural economists, economic historians, and Chinese studies scholars.


agricultural economics john lossing buck chinese economics asian economics economic history land utilization calum turvey hao hu republic of china farm survey Land Utilization in China (1937) nutritional poverty tenancy issues land productivity surplus labor workers’ incomes credit supply analytical methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Hao Hu
    • 1
  • Funing Zhong
    • 2
  • Calum G. Turvey
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Economics and ManagementNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.College of Economics and ManagementNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingChina
  3. 3.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-12687-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-12688-9
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