Using recent survey data of Chinese rural households, we estimate the impact of credit constraints on Chinese rural households' income and consumption. Results reveal that 71% of rural households are rationed in the credit markets. The credit constraints have significant negative effects on the income and consumption of rural households. The expenditures on education and medical treatments, the size of land holdings, household head education and the balance of financial capital all affect the demand of credit. Personal connections (relationship) are the most important determinate of the supply for credit.
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Document Type: Research Article
School of Economics & Management, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Beijing 100083, P. R. China
Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200052, P. R. China
Publication date: 2010-05-01
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