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Land rental markets in the process of rural structural transformation : productivity and equity impacts in China

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  • Deininger, Klaus
  • Jin, Songqing

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The importance of land rental for overall economic development has long been recognized in theory, yet empirical evidence on the productivity and equity impacts of such markets and the extent to which they realize their potential has been scant. Representative data from China's nine most important agricultural provinces illustrate the impact of rental markets on households'economic strategies and welfare, and the productivity of land use at the plot level. Although there are positive impacts in each of these dimensions, transaction costs constrain participation by many producers, thus preventing rental markets from attaining their full potential. The paper identifies factors that increase transaction costs and provides a rough estimate of the productivity and equity impacts of removing them.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4454.

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Keywords: Banks&Banking Reform; Political Economy; Economic Theory&Research; Rural Development Knowledge&Information Systems; Labor Policies;

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  1. Jikun Huang & Liangliang Gao & Scott Rozelle, 2012. "The effect of off-farm employment on the decisions of households to rent out and rent in cultivated land in China," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 4(1), pages 5-17, February.
  2. Deininger, Klaus & Ali, Daniel Ayalew & Alemu, Tekie, 2011. "Productivity effects of land rental markets in Ethiopia : Evidence from a matched tenant-landlord sample," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5727, The World Bank.
  3. Katrina Mullan & Pauline Grosjean & Andreas Kontoleon, 2008. "Land Tenure Arrangements and Rural-Urban Migration in China," Environmental Economy and Policy Research Working Papers 37.2008, University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economics, revised 2008.

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