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Effects of the Chinese arable land fallow system and land-use change on agricultural production and on the economy

Can Wang, Mahinda Siriwardana and Samuel Meng

Economic Modelling, 2019, vol. 79, issue C, 186-197

Abstract: This study focuses on economic effects of arable land fallow system and land-use change in China using a dynamic single-country, multi-regional computable general equilibrium model. Land supply is adjusted endogenously in our model. Land use in each of 31 provinces is tracked by a land-use change module, which is calibrated with satellite data. Our results reveal that the expansion of real output can be attributed to the increase in capital stock as a result of the growth of investment due to the imposition of the arable land fallow system in China. And the growth of investment is caused by the release of labor from agriculture The reduced supply of arable land in agricultural land contraction regions is partially offset by the increasing arable land in agricultural land expansion regions. Rural households benefit more than urban households from the arable land fallow policy due to relatively higher income and lower rural CPI.

Keywords: Land contamination; Land-use change; Land supply; Food security; Rural income; Computable general equilibrium model; Q15; Q24; Q18; C68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2018.10.012

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