The Effect on Forestation of the Collective Forest Tenure Reform in China

39 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2011 Last revised: 8 Nov 2012

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Lunyu Xie

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Peter Berck

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Jintao Xu

Peking University

Date Written: December 9, 2011

Abstract

Aiming to alleviate rural poverty, stimulate investment in forests, and improve forest conservation, the Chinese government set forth a policy leading to small private holdings of previously village administered forest lands. Using data collected from 288 villages in eight provinces in three years, this paper measures the effect of the reform on forestation. Villages needed to vote for the privatization for the reform to be effective. To identify the causal effect of taking the reform, we use an IV estimator based on the county wide decision to offer the reform package. We find an increase in forestation of 7.9% of the forest land in the year of the reform.

Keywords: China, Forestation, Land Reform, Privatization

JEL Classification: 012, Q23

Suggested Citation

Xie, Lunyu and Berck, Peter and Xu, Jintao, The Effect on Forestation of the Collective Forest Tenure Reform in China (December 9, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1782289 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1782289

Lunyu Xie (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Peter Berck

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Jintao Xu

Peking University ( email )

No. 38 Xueyuan Road
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

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