Land rental markets and labor productivity: Evidence from rural China

Jian Zhang, Ashok K. Mishra, Peixin Zhu

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This study investigates the impact of the land rental market on labor productivity in rural China. Particular attention is given to farm and nonfarm labor productivity. Using 2012 household-level data and a multinomial endogenous switching treatment regression technique, we find that rural households renting in farmland increased labor productivity in the farm sector by about 55%, whereas labor productivity in the nonfarm sector decreased by about 6%. We also find that rural households renting out farmland had lower labor productivity in both the farm and nonfarm sectors by 13% and 9%, respectively. More family labor transferred from the farm to the nonfarm sector after renting out land.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-115
Number of pages23
JournalCanadian Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • farm sector
  • labor productivity
  • land rental market
  • nonfarm sector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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