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Land Rights Insecurity and Temporary Migration in Rural China


Maëlys De la Rupelle


Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Quheng Deng


Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Li Shi


Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) - Institute of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Thomas Vendryes


Paris School of Economics (PSE)


IZA Discussion Paper No. 4668

Abstract:     
Like most other developing countries, China experiences huge migration outflows from rural areas. Their most striking characteristic is a high geographical and temporal mobility. Rural migrants keep going back and forth between origin villages and destination areas. In this paper, we show that this temporary feature of migration can be linked to land rights insecurity. As village land ownership remains collective and as land use rights can be periodically reallocated, individual out-migration can result in deprivation of those rights. Moreover, the intensity of this insecurity varies according to the village-level management of land and the contractual status of land plots. We use these variations to identify the effect of land rights insecurity on migration behavior. Empirical results based on representative 2002 rural data demonstrate substantial impact.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: migration, land rights insecurity, China, semiparametric censored regression models

JEL Classification: C34, J61, 015, P32, Q15

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Date posted: January 4, 2010  

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de la Rupelle, Maëlys and Deng, Quheng and Shi, Li and Vendryes, Thomas, Land Rights Insecurity and Temporary Migration in Rural China. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4668. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1530672

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Maëlys De la Rupelle (Contact Author)
Paris School of Economics (PSE)
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014
France
Deng Quheng
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) ( email )
Beijing, 100732
China
Li Shi
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) - Institute of Economics ( email )
2 Yuetan Beixiaojie
Beijing
+86 1 068032473 (Fax)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Germany
Thomas Vendryes
Paris School of Economics (PSE)
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014
France
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