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Forest Tenure Reform in China: A Choice Experiment on Farmers’ Property Rights Preferences

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  • Ping Qin
  • Fredrik Carlsson
  • Jintao Xu

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Decentralization experiments are currently underway in the Chinese forestry sector. However, researchers and policy makers tend to ignore a key question: what do forest farmers really want from reform? This paper addresses this question using a survey-based choice experiment to investigate farmers’ preferences for various property rights attributes of a forestland contract. We found that farmers are highly concerned with the types of rights provided by a contract. Reducing perceived risks of contract termination and introducing a priority right for the renewal of an existing contract significantly increases farmers’ marginal willingness to pay for a forest contract.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 87 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 473-487

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:87:y:2011:iii:1:p:473-487

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  1. Salant, Stephen W. & Yu, Xueying, 2014. "The Effect of Stochastic Oscillations in Property Rights Regimes on Forest Output in China," Discussion Papers, Resources For the Future dp-13-08-rev, Resources For the Future.
  2. Reise, Christian & Liebe, Ulf & Musshoff, Oliver, 2012. "Design of substrate supply contracts for biogas plants," 2012 Conference (56th), February 7-10, 2012, Freemantle, Australia, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society 124428, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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