The effect of land tenure governance on technical efficiency: evidence from three provinces in eastern China

Yuepeng Zhou, Xiaoping Shi, Nico Heerink, Xianlei Ma*

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Abstract

This study aims to identify the mechanisms through which land tenure governance affects the technical efficiency of grain production in an integrated framework and to examine the impacts of the public governance, village self-governance, and relational governance of land tenure on the technical efficiency of contracted land and rented-in land. Farm-level survey data collected from Liaoning, Jiangxi, and Jiangsu provinces covering the years of 2014 and 2015 is used for the empirical analysis. The findings indicate that (i) public governance associated with land certification significantly increases the technical efficiency of grain production; (ii) village self-governance and administrative land reallocations can serve as substitutes for the land rental market in optimizing the distribution of land resources and improving technical efficiency; and (iii) compared to multi-year transfer contracts, both annual and open-ended transfer contracts have negative impacts on technical efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2337-2354
JournalApplied Economics
Volume51
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2019

Keywords

  • China
  • Land tenure governance
  • technical efficiency
  • tenure security

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