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, plus 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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-8325
Print ISSN
0023-7639
Pages
pp. 488-507
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-04
Open Access
No
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