Department of Economics
Designing property rights over land in rural China
After nearly four decades, China's rural land tenure arrangement remains by and large how it looked like at the beginning of the economic reform. Rural land remains collectively owned. Peasants contract land from collectives, with their tenure insecure, and their transfer rights restricted. If such an arrangement was deemed a historical legacy at the beginning of the reform, it now looks more and more like a constrained efficient design by historical accident. This article suggests the constraints against which this design may be constrained efficient, and provides a stylised model that matches a wide array of empirical patterns.
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The work described in this article was supported by grants from Hong Kong Baptist University (FRG1/13-14/023) and from Research Grant Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (GRF 14500514).
Link to Publisher's Edition
Cheng, Yuk-Shing, and Kim-Sau Chung. "Designing property rights over land in rural China." Economic Journal (2018).