Evaluating the impact of the farmland consolidation and titling policy on agricultural scale management and development: evidence from quasi-natural experiments

HU Xinyan1 CHEN Xiaozhi1 MI Yunsheng1

(1.National School of Agricultural Institution and Development, South China Agricultural University)

【Abstract】This article uses Difference-in-Differences method to analyze the effect of farmland management scale and service scale management of land consolidation and titling by employing the quasi-natural experimental data of land consolidation and titling in Yangshan County, Guangdong Province. The study shows that land consolidation and titling policies have significantly increased the scale of agricultural land and the expansion of farmers’ agricultural land management. At the same time, the impact of the implementation of land consolidation and titling policies on the accessibility and utilization rate of farmers’ agricultural outsourcing service has shifted over time from a potential degree to a significantly positive effect.

【Keywords】 farmland consolidation and titling; agricultural scale management; quasi-natural experiment; Difference-in-Differences;


【Funds】 The National Social Science Fund of China (18AJY017); Guangdong Arts and Social Sciences Program (GD17XYJ06); Climbing Program in Guangdong (Arts and Social Science) (pdjha0074)

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    [1]. ① Source: National Rural Operation and Management Statistics (2013) (全国农村经营管理统计资料(2013)) and National Rural Operation and Management Statistics (2016) (全国农村经营管理统计资料(2016)) of the Rural Economic System and Management Department, Ministry of Agriculture. [^Back]

    [2]. ① In 2013, when Yangshan became a pilot county for the farmland consolidation and titling policy, Libu was selected as one of the pilot towns. Then, the Town chose Shengping as a pilot village for the farmland titling. Therefore, Shengping was a pilot area for farmland consolidation and titling. [^Back]

    [3]. ① The shared area per household for farmland infrastructure construction was calculated after deducting the area increased due to land plot consolidation, field ridges removal, and so on. [^Back]

    [4]. ① Shengping was chosen for farmland consolidation and titling in January-March, because with the period as a local slack season and the farmers returning home during the Spring Festival, they could coordinate and promote farmland improvement and titling without delaying the production in the following spring. [^Back]


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CN: 11-1262/F

Vol , No. 12, Pages 83-102

December 2018


Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature review
  • 3 Pilot of farmland consolidation and titling policy and quasi-natural experiment design
  • 4 Model setting and variable setting
  • 5 Econometrical regression results and analysis
  • 6 Conclusions and discussion
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