Persistence of full- and part-time farming in Southern China

S. Brosig, T. Glauben, T. Herzfeld, X. Wang

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Abstract

The goal of this study is to assess the dynamics of rural households' labor market participation in the wake of China's efforts to develop rural labor markets in a manner that is conducive to its transition to a market economy. Based on a theoretical model that emphasizes the impact of duration, i.e. of the number of years households spent part-time farming or full-time farming, respectively, we investigate the shifts between these two states. We also identify socioeconomic factors that determine these shifts. The empirical study is based on discrete time hazard approaches, using micro-level panel data from Zhejiang, Hubei, and Yunnan provinces from 1995 to 2002. Estimation results suggest relatively high chances of shifts from full-time to part-time farming and a considerable lower risk for the shift in the opposite direction. Significant negative duration dependence is found for the move from full-time to part-time farming suggesting lock-in effects. In addition, we find that labor market participation decisions are significantly related to several household, farm and village characteristics. In particular, the likelihood of shifts from full-time farming to part-time farming is positively related to the educational level of households' workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-371
JournalChina Economic Review
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Farming
Persistence
China
Labour market participation
Household
Farm households
Market economy
Panel data
Discrete-time
Hazard
Workforce
Empirical study
Lock-in effect
Rural labor markets
Duration dependence
Educational level
Socioeconomic factors
Rural households

Keywords

  • agricultural household models
  • rural china
  • labor-markets
  • employment
  • behavior
  • land
  • participation
  • consequences
  • determinants
  • productivity

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Brosig, S. ; Glauben, T. ; Herzfeld, T. ; Wang, X. / Persistence of full- and part-time farming in Southern China. In: China Economic Review. 2009 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 360-371.
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Brosig, S, Glauben, T, Herzfeld, T & Wang, X 2009, 'Persistence of full- and part-time farming in Southern China', China Economic Review, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 360-371. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chieco.2008.10.005

Persistence of full- and part-time farming in Southern China. / Brosig, S.; Glauben, T.; Herzfeld, T.; Wang, X.

In: China Economic Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2009, p. 360-371.

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