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TitleCritical assessment indicators for measuring benefits of rural infrastructure investment in China
 
AuthorsShen, L2
Lu, W1
Peng, Y2
Jiang, S2
 
KeywordsBusiness practitioners
China
Critical assessment
Data sets
Development strategies
 
Issue Date2011
 
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.pubs.asce.org/journals/is.html
 
CitationJournal of Infrastructure Systems, 2011, v. 71 n. 4, p. 176-183 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000066
 
AbstractRural infrastructure is of vital importance for agricultural growth, economic development, and poverty alleviation, particularly in developing countries such as China. In line with the implementation of a Coordinated Urban-Rural Development Strategy, infrastructure investment in China has consciously been tilted to rural areas. An urgent need exists to assess whether the investment has induced the benefits as expected. Existing research on rural infrastructure investment assessment focuses primarily on economic return while neglecting its social and ecological benefits. This paper identifies a set of critical assessment indicators (CAIs) that can be used to evaluate the multifaceted benefits of rural infrastructure investment in China. Research data were collected through a questionnaire survey given to three groups of experts, including government officers, professionals, and business practitioners who are working in China's housing and urban-rural development sector. Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) is used to generate additional data to supplement the data set from the questionnaire survey. The fuzzy set theory, which appreciates the fuzziness of data from the questionnaire survey, is used in the selection of CAIs. The CAIs can help the local governments in China to make better decisions in investing in rural infrastructure. These critical indicators can also be generalized to provide valuable references for the investigations of rural infrastructure investment in other developing countries. © 2011 American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
ISSN1076-0342
2012 Impact Factor: 0.983
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.752
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000066
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000299132200004
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Funding Information:

This research was funded by the research grants provided by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.contributor.authorShen, L
 
dc.contributor.authorLu, W
 
dc.contributor.authorPeng, Y
 
dc.contributor.authorJiang, S
 
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T11:26:45Z
 
dc.date.available2010-10-31T11:26:45Z
 
dc.date.issued2011
 
dc.description.abstractRural infrastructure is of vital importance for agricultural growth, economic development, and poverty alleviation, particularly in developing countries such as China. In line with the implementation of a Coordinated Urban-Rural Development Strategy, infrastructure investment in China has consciously been tilted to rural areas. An urgent need exists to assess whether the investment has induced the benefits as expected. Existing research on rural infrastructure investment assessment focuses primarily on economic return while neglecting its social and ecological benefits. This paper identifies a set of critical assessment indicators (CAIs) that can be used to evaluate the multifaceted benefits of rural infrastructure investment in China. Research data were collected through a questionnaire survey given to three groups of experts, including government officers, professionals, and business practitioners who are working in China's housing and urban-rural development sector. Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) is used to generate additional data to supplement the data set from the questionnaire survey. The fuzzy set theory, which appreciates the fuzziness of data from the questionnaire survey, is used in the selection of CAIs. The CAIs can help the local governments in China to make better decisions in investing in rural infrastructure. These critical indicators can also be generalized to provide valuable references for the investigations of rural infrastructure investment in other developing countries. © 2011 American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
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dc.identifier.citationJournal of Infrastructure Systems, 2011, v. 71 n. 4, p. 176-183 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000066
 
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dc.identifier.epage183
 
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dc.identifier.isiWOS:000299132200004
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Funding Information:

This research was funded by the research grants provided by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 
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2012 Impact Factor: 0.983
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.752
 
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States
 
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dc.rightsJournal of Infrastructure Systems. Copyright © American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License
 
dc.subjectBusiness practitioners
 
dc.subjectChina
 
dc.subjectCritical assessment
 
dc.subjectData sets
 
dc.subjectDevelopment strategies
 
dc.titleCritical assessment indicators for measuring benefits of rural infrastructure investment in China
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Hong Kong Polytechnic University