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Local Government Behavior and Property Rights Formation in Rural China


Loren Brandt


University of Toronto - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Scott Rozelle


University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Matthew Turner


University of Toronto

2002

UC Davis Working Paper No. 02-004

Abstract:     
We examine the ongoing transition from centrally planned to market agriculture in rural China. In particular, we examine the devolution of land rights from village governments to villagers and the corresponding evolution of tenure security in agricultural land. We find econometric support for the statistical and economic importance of four explanations for local government behavior. Three of these explanations indicate a link between the incentives and constraints faced by village leaders and property rights in agricultural land, and hence suggest policy levers to encourage more secure property rights.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: devolution of land rights, evolution of tenure security, local government behavior

JEL Classification: R52, Q13

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Date posted: April 4, 2003  

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Brandt, Loren and Rozelle, Scott and Turner, Matthew, Local Government Behavior and Property Rights Formation in Rural China (2002). UC Davis Working Paper No. 02-004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=330241 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.330241

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Loren Brandt
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Scott Rozelle (Contact Author)
University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )
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Matthew A. Turner
University of Toronto ( email )
Department of Economics
150 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G7
Canada
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