How does land tenure reform impact upon pastoral livestock production? An empirical study for Inner Mongolia, China

Min Liu, Jikun Huang*, Liesbeth Dries, Wim Heijman, Xueqin Zhu

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Abstract

This paper investigates how land tenure reform has affected livestock production in the pastoral areas of China. County-level data for Inner Mongolia between 1985 and 2008 are used in a fixed effects model to disentangle the effects of land tenure reform on livestock production from factors related to market forces, grassland condition, technological development and environmental heterogeneity. The results show that the implementation of the land tenure reform slowed down the increase in livestock production, although it did not completely stop this increase. It therefore appears that land reform is in itself unable to offset the impact of other factors that accelerate the increase in livestock production. Moreover, the constraining effect of the land tenure reform on the increase in livestock production decreases over time, and ultimately disappears. Finally, the constraining effect of the land tenure reform was shown to be stronger on the increase of the livestock population than on that of meat output. This indicates that the land tenure reform has helped to improve livestock productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101110
Number of pages15
JournalChina Economic Review
Volume60
Early online date23 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Fixed effects model
  • Livestock population
  • Livestock productivity
  • Meat output
  • Property right
  • Use right

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