Land rental, off-farm employment and technical efficiency of farm households in Jiangxi Province, China

S. Feng

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Abstract

Land rental market development and off-farm employment have important implications for agricultural production. This study examined the effects of land rental market participation, the resulting land tenure contracts, and off-farm employment on the technical efficiency in rice production in rural China, using the one-step stochastic frontier approach. Data from a survey held at household and plot level in three villages in north-east Jiangxi Province were used to estimate the stochastic frontier model. We found that the mean technical efficiency of rice production in north-east Jiangxi Province ranged from 0.36 to 0.97, with an average of 0.82. The determinants of technical efficiency show that households that rented land achieved higher technical efficiency than households that did not rent land. Rice production on rented plots was technically as efficient as on contracted plots. Additionally, participation in migration did not have an effect on technical efficiency
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-378
JournalNJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • migration
  • rural rural migration
  • stochastic models
  • land markets
  • tenants
  • efficiency
  • agricultural households
  • jiangxi
  • china
  • agricultural productivity growth
  • tenure contracts
  • markets
  • ethiopia
  • reforms
  • determinants
  • models
  • impact

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