主题：Investigating the Impact of Urbanization/Industrialisation Process on Off-farm Employment in China
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北京大学现代农学院副教授、新农村发展研究院副院长和中国农业政策研究中心副主任。曾担任全球农业生产力测度专家组成员，二十国峰会(G20)农业首席科学家农业生产力顾问团代表，经合组织农户数据分析会议特聘专家。1999年获南开大学经济学士学位，2006年获澳大利亚国立大学经济学博士学位，毕业后主要从事农业科技政策与生产力，农产品贸易与均衡分析、农村制度革新与发展相关领域的研究。在国内外期刊发表一系列学术论文(包括发表在American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of International Money and Finance, Energy Economics, Food Policy, Review of Income and Wealth, World Development等重要经济学期刊刊物）。
The industrialisation and urbanization strategy has long been recognised as and continue to be a sustainable pathway for developing countries to achieve economic development. However, little is known how industrialisation and urbanization may affect rural economic transformation and development. This paper investigates the urban growth and its impact on off-farm employment and wage in China for the period between 2000 and 2018, by combining the long-time panel of farm household survey data with the remote sensor data (namely, the night light emissions measured from space from NASSA). We find that the rapid development of urban areas has imposed a positive impact on rural economic transformation through increasing off-farm employment and wage, though there are significant cross-regional disparity. Moreover, the positive impact is more likely come from information/technology spillovers rather than the production and consumption linkage and from the local township growth. This provides useful insights for policy making with the aim to facilitate rural economic transformation through strengthening urbanization in China and other developing countries.