Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/84791
Authors: 
Chau, Nancy H.
Zhang, Weiwen
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
ZEF Discussion Papers on Development Policy 147
Abstract: 
For decades, rapid urban expansion has led to concerns over the loss of cultivated land in rural China. This contrasts sharply with another salient feature of the Chinese land policy reform landscape that has gone on largely unnoticed - the addition of newly cultivated land in China through land development has consistently exceeded land conversion. In a model featuring fiscal decentralization, local governments as custodians of land use and development, along with a land development allowance policy instituted in 1998, we show that a land development allowance policy can harness the forces of urban expansion to encourage agricultural land development.
Subjects: 
land development allowance
fiscal decentralization
inter-jurisdictional competition
agricultural development
JEL: 
H11
H77
P35
R5
R14
O18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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