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Article: Critical assessment indicators for measuring benefits of rural infrastructure investment in China

TitleCritical assessment indicators for measuring benefits of rural infrastructure investment in China
Authors
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
Citation
Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 2011, v. 71 n. 4, p. 176-183 How to Cite?
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.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125360
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2014 Impact Factor: 1.049
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.663
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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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dc.contributor.authorShen, Len_HK
dc.contributor.authorLu, Wen_HK
dc.contributor.authorPeng, Yen_HK
dc.contributor.authorJiang, Sen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T11:26:45Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T11:26:45Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Infrastructure Systems, 2011, v. 71 n. 4, p. 176-183en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1076-0342en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125360-
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.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.pubs.asce.org/journals/is.htmlen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Infrastructure Systemsen_HK
dc.rightsJournal of Infrastructure Systems. Copyright © American Society of Civil Engineers.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectBusiness practitionersen_HK
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectCritical assessmenten_HK
dc.subjectData setsen_HK
dc.subjectDevelopment strategiesen_HK
dc.titleCritical assessment indicators for measuring benefits of rural infrastructure investment in Chinaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailShen, L: bsshen@polyu.edu.hken_HK
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