Capitalization of land development rights in rural China: A choice experiment on individuals' preferences in peri-urban Shanghai

Lanjiao WEN, Lioudmila CHATALOVA, Van BUTSIC, Zhiyong HU, Anlu ZHANG

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Abstract

The capitalization of land development rights is acknowledged as the key to improving compensations for rural landholders and ameliorating land-related social conflicts in peri-urban China. Investigations into reasonable as well as feasible compensation standards and the capitalization mechanism are yet to be done. This study uses a survey-based choice experiment to empirically estimate the value of land development rights in peri-urban Shanghai for three forms of rural land conversion – acquisition, consolidation and (informal) sale. The results show that heterogeneity across individuals' preferences translates into different utilities from land development, which affects individual's willingness to participate in this process. This effect is found to be the strongest for land sales on the informal market. If, however, land conversion is managed by local governments and rural collectives, the expected utilities of individuals have no significant effect on the amount of land development. The results suggest that capitalizing land development rights under consideration of land attributes and individuals' preferences would lift compensation standard to a level that strikes a balance among competing land-related interests. In addition, it would promote China's land development by bypassing the institutional constraints imposed by the current land tenure system. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104803
JournalLand Use Policy
Volume97
Early online dateJun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Citation

Wen, L., Chatalova, L., Butsic, V., Hu, F. Z., & Zhang, A. (2020). Capitalization of land development rights in rural China: A choice experiment on individuals' preferences in peri-urban Shanghai. Land Use Policy, 97. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104803

Keywords

  • Land development rights
  • Choice experiment
  • Rural land conversion
  • Respondents' heterogeneity
  • Peri-urban Shanghai

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