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How Sustainable are Sustainable Development Programs? The Case of the Sloping Land Conversion Program in China

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  • Andreas Kontoleon

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    (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK)

  • Pauline Grosjean

    (LERNA, University of Toulouse and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, France)

Abstract

This paper undertakes a direct comprehensive assessment of the long-run sustainability of one the world’s largest sustainable development programs, the Slopping Land Conversion Program (SLCP) in China under different plausible post-SLCP scenarios. The analysis is based on farmer contingent behavior post-program land and labor decisions as well as choice experiment data. Our econometric results highlight the main obstacles to the program’s sustainability, which include specific shortfalls in program implementation as well as certain institutional constraints such as tenure insecurity, poor land renting rights, limited access to credit and limited land management rights.

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Paper provided by University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economics in its series Environmental Economy and Policy Research Working Papers with number 26.2007.

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Date of creation: 2007
Date of revision: 2007
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Keywords: sustainable development programs; sustainability; recursive probit; choice modeling; Asia; China;

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