Off-farm work decisions of farm couples and land transfer choices in rural China
Although previous studies have widely examined the association between off-farm work participation and land use behaviours of rural households, little attention has been paid to the effects of the joint off-farm work decisions of farm couples on land transfer choices. This study investigates the determinants of farm couples’ off-farm work participation, using a seemingly unrelated bivariate probit regression model and survey data collected from rural China. We also estimate the impact of the joint off-farm work decisions of farm couples on land transfer choices by employing a multinomial logit model and controlling for the endogeneity issues of off-farm work variables. The empirical results show that farm couples are jointly making decisions to work off the farm, but their decisions affect household land transfer choices differently. In particular, we show that the husbands participating in the off-farm work are more likely to rent in land, while their wives are less likely to do so. Both the husbands and wives are more likely to rent out land if they work off the farm. Our findings highlight the importance of farm couples’ off-farm work decisions in stimulating the development of rural land rental markets.... [Show full abstract]
Fields of Research140201 Agricultural Economics; 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management; 160804 Rural Sociology
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