Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

CLTS Working Papers,
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Centre for Land Tenure Studies

No 4/11: Collective versus Individual Property: Tenure Security and Forest Tenure Reforms in China

Stein Holden (), Jintao Xu () and Xuemei Jiang ()
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Stein Holden: Norwegian University of Life, Postal: P. O. Box 5033, 1432 ├ůs, Norway,
Jintao Xu: Environmental Economics Program in China (EEPC), Postal: Peking University, Beijing
Xuemei Jiang: Environmental Economics Program in China (EEPC), Postal: Peking University, Beijing

Abstract: This study assesses the determinants of forest land allocation to households in the forest tenure reforms in China in the period 1980-2005 using data from three provinces in Southern China; Fujian, Jiang Xi and Yunnan. Furthermore, it assesses the current level of tenure security on forest land and how this tenure security is affected by past and more recent policy changes. A key finding is that issuing of written documentation of forest land rights in form of forest land certificates for a specific time period (30-70 years) enhances tenure security beyond what the otherwise perceived rights to land do

Keywords: Land rights; forest land; China; tenure reform; collective ownership; individual ownership; tenure security; forest land certificates

JEL-codes: Q15

28 pages, June 4, 2011

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