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Record number 476995
Title Land tenure in China: Legal, actual and perceived security
Author(s) Ma, Xianlei; Heerink, N.; Feng, S.; Shi, X.
Source Land Use Policy 42 (2015). - ISSN 0264-8377 - p. 293 - 306.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.07.020
Department(s) WASS
Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group
Development Economics Group
Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) agricultural productivity growth - land rental markets - sub-saharan africa - property-rights - investment incentives - technical efficiency - economic-development - housing improvement - social-security - buenos-aires
Abstract This paper examines the magnitudes of legal security, actual security and perceived security of farmland tenure, and the causes of currently prevailing land tenure insecurity in rural China. Two farm household surveys conducted in the northwest of Gansu province in 2010 and in the northeast of Jiangxi province in 2011 are used as case studies. Although recent land tenure reforms have significantly improved legal tenure security, we find that farm households still experience substantial insecurity of actual and perceived land tenure. We argue that social security considerations, ambiguous formulations of laws, and village self-governance rules are three important underlying causes. Actual and perceived land tenure security is lowest in the case study region in Jiangxi province even though the share of off-farm income in rural household incomes is much larger in that region. We explain this finding from investments in land quality improvement made by rural households in the Gansu case study region, the larger per capita land resources in that region, and the limited social security provided by off-farm employment.
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