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Effect of Forestland Property Rights and Village Off-Farm Environment on Off-Farm Employment in Southern China

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School of Economics and Management, Xi’an University of Posts & Telecommunications, Xi’an 710121, China
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College of Economics and Management, Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University, Yangling 712100, China
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School of Business, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210046, China
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Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Economics and Rural Development, Arish University, Al-Arish 45511, Egypt
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College of Public Administration, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2605; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072605
Received: 17 February 2020 / Revised: 21 March 2020 / Accepted: 23 March 2020 / Published: 25 March 2020
Reasonably promoting the off-farm employment of rural surplus labor in China’s collective forest areas is an important way to increase forest resources and increase farmers’ income. China’s new round of collective forest tenure reform (CFTR) aims to optimize forest area labor allocation by strengthening forestland property rights. Therefore, in different village off-farm environments, it is necessary to explore how forestland property rights affect off-farm employment in forest areas. Based on survey data from 742 households in Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces, this paper examines this effect using the double-hurdle model. The results indicate that forestland transfer rights promote decision-making about, and the supply of, off-farm labor, while forest harvesting rights significantly increase the supply of off-farm labor. The villages’ off-farm income ratio also affected the supply of off-farm labor. Moreover, under the regulation of the village off-farm income ratio, the positive incentives of forestland transfer rights on decision-making about, and the supply of, off-farm labor gradually weakened, but the incentive effect of forest harvesting rights on the supply of off-farm labor gradually increased. It is proposed that the CFTR should be further promoted, the forestland circulation mechanism and regulating forest harvest quota system should be improved, and implementation of forestry property mortgages should be strengthened. View Full-Text
Keywords: collective forest tenure reform; forestland property rights; village off-farm environment; off-farm employment collective forest tenure reform; forestland property rights; village off-farm environment; off-farm employment
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Yang, Y.; Li, H.; Liu, Z.; Cheng, L.; Abu Hatab, A.; Lan, J. Effect of Forestland Property Rights and Village Off-Farm Environment on Off-Farm Employment in Southern China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2605.

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