JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (2): 236-249.doi: 10.31497/zrzyxb.20190202

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Effect of off-farm employment on the harvesting decision-making of households with different scales in China's collective forest area

ZHU Zhen1,2(), XU Zhi-gang3, SHEN Yue-qin2(), ZHAN Jing4, LI Bo-wei1, CHEN Mei1   

  1. 1. College of Economics and Management, Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University, Lin'an 311300, Zhejiang, China;
    2. Zhejiang Province Key Cultivating Think Tank, Research Academy for Rural Revitalization of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang A&F University, Lin'an 311300, Zhejiang, China;
    3. College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agriculture University, Nanjing 210095, China
    4. Kaihua Forestry Administration, Kaihua 324300, Zhejiang, China
  • Received:2018-07-09 Revised:2018-11-26 Online:2019-02-28 Published:2019-02-28
  • Contact: SHEN Yue-qin E-mail:zhuzhen8149278@126.com;shenyueqin-zj@163.com

Abstract:

To discuss how off-farm employment affect the harvesting decision-making of households with different scales in China's collective forest area is valuable to clarifying the forest management objectives for households and the trend of forest management ownership in collective forest area. This can give evidence for supporting the large-scale forest ownership under the background of the fast growing of out-migration rural labors in China. Based on the theory of New Economics of Labor Migration (NELM), this paper collected the input-output data at plot level of Chinese fir management through a survey of 50 rural households in Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces. Then, it calculated the optimal rotation age of large- and small-scale households with the Faustmann model, and used the econometric model to analyze how off-farm employment affect the harvesting decision-making of households with different scales. The results show that there is no obvious difference of optimal rotation age between large- and small-scale households. The migration effect of off-farm employment causing the expect rotation age is obviously smaller than optimal rotation age for small-scale households; on the contrary, the income effect of off-farm employment caused the expect rotation age is significantly closely related with optimal rotation age for large-scale households. Large-scale ownership is more suitable for raising large timbers and increasing economic and ecological value in collective forest area under the fast growing of out-migration rural labors in China.

Key words: new economics of labor migration, collective forest area, harvesting decision-making, off-farm employment, Faustmann model