Spring 2016 Brown Bag Lecture Series

Land Tenure Insecurity and Migration Decision of Farmers: Evidence from China

 All land in China is constitutionally the property of either the state or the collectives ― land in urban areas is owned by the State and agricultural land and homesteads in the suburban and rural areas are owned by rural collectives.  Under this land system, through the early 2000s, farmers in rural China faced substantial risk of losing land in large scale village-wide land reallocations.  More recently, land tenure insecurity is manifest in increased seizure of land without proper compensation.  Dr. Ren Mu from the Bush School will present two co-authored empirical studies that investigate the impact of land tenure insecurity on the migration decisions of China’s rural residents.  Both studies show that insecure property rights shaped the movement of labor out of agriculture.  In expectation of a land reallocation in the following year, rural residents reduced their propensity to migrate.  In contrast, in response to land seizure by government, older farmers, who otherwise might not choose to leave their home villages, increased their propensity of migrating to cities, raising concerns about their wellbeing in the long run. 
Dr. Ren Mu, Associate Professor, George Bush School of Government & Public Service
Wednesday, February 24th at 12:00 pm
MSC 2405
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