Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36270
Authors: 
de la Rupelle, Maëlys
Quheng, Deng
Shi, Li
Vendryes, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4668
Abstract: 
Like most other developing countries, China experiences huge migration outflows from rural areas. Their most striking characteristic is a high geographical and temporal mobility. Rural migrants keep going back and forth between origin villages and destination areas. In this paper, we show that this temporary feature of migration can be linked to land rights insecurity. As village land ownership remains collective and as land use rights can be periodically reallocated, individual out-migration can result in deprivation of those rights. Moreover, the intensity of this insecurity varies according to the village-level management of land and the contractual status of land plots. We use these variations to identify the effect of land rights insecurity on migration behavior. Empirical results based on representative 2002 rural data demonstrate substantial impact.
Subjects: 
Migration
land rights insecurity
China
semiparametric censored regression models
JEL: 
C34
J61
O15
P32
Q15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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