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The impact of farmland readjustment and consolidation on structural adjustment: The case of Niigata, Japan

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  • Arimoto, Yutaka

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Improving agricultural productivity is a pressing challenge for rapidly growing economies. Farmland concentration among core famers is instrumental for reaping the economies of scale. However, farmland fragmentation often serves as a barrier to such structural adjustments. This paper studies Farmland Improvement Projects in Japan, which physically mitigate farmland fragmentation by merging and enlarging small plots and consolidating land parcels among farmers. I employ community-level panel data to make use of difference-in-differences matching estimators, in order to measure the projects’ impacts. I find positive effects of the projects on structural adjustment, in the form of machinery-work outsourcing.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series CEI Working Paper Series with number 2011-3.

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Length: 29 p.
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hit:hitcei:2011-3

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Keywords: farmland improvement project; farmland concentration; farmland fragmentation; structural adjustment; Japan;

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