JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2016, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (11): 1793-1805.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.20151426

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Does More Forestland Improve Farmers’ Forest Management Enthusiasm: A Propensity Score Matching Approach with 1 504 Households Dataset of Nine Provinces

ZHANG Han1, LIU Can2, YAO Shun-bo1, ZHAO Qing3, LIU Hao2, ZHU Wen-qing4   

  1. 1. College of Economics and Management, Northwest A & F University, Yangling 712100, China;
    2. Economic and Development Research Center, State Forestry Administration, Beijing 100714, China;
    3. School of Geomatics, Yangling Vocational and Technical College, Yangling 712100, China;
    4. College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
  • Received:2015-12-24 Revised:2016-05-12 Online:2016-11-20 Published:2016-11-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.71403213; Humanities and Social Science Project of Ministry of Education, No.14YJC790166; Natural Science Research Project of Shaanxi Province, No.2014JQ2-7043; Humanities and Social Science Project of Northwest A & F University, No.2014RWYB02

Abstract: Based on 1 504 households data from nine provinces, this paper investigated the casual effect of forestlands increase on farmers’ forest management enthusiasm after China’s new round collective forestlands tenure reform since 2003. Considering the endogeneity of farmers’decision on forestlands management area, the propensity score matching (PSM) method was employed to control selective bias. After score matching, the treated and controlled groups both passed the balance test. The estimation results of PSM showed that the capital input on forestlands had significant increase of 25%-27% and 28%-34% in 2010 and 2013, respectively. However, the increase was not significant in 2007. Hence, the increase of forestlands indeed has truly improved farmers’ forest management enthusiam, but requires a dynamic and long-run process. The increase of capital intensities are mainly caused by the increase of fertilizer and pesticide inputs, but not by the increase amount of seed. The result implies that China’s new round collective forestlands tenure reform had constrained effect on afforestation. Meanwhile, contrary to the increase of capital input, the labour intensity has not been improved significantly mainly because of farmers’ off-farm behaviors.

Key words: causal effect, collective forestlands tenure reform, forest area, forest management enthusiasm, propensity score matching

CLC Number: 

  • F326.2