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An explanation of labor migration and grain output growth:Findings of a case study in eastern Tibetan Plateau
Yan Jianzhong1; Zhang Yili2; Hua Xiaobo1; Yang Liang3
2016
Source PublicationJournal of Geographical Sciences
ISSN1009-637X
Volume26Issue:4Pages:484
AbstractAlthough there has been rapid rural-urban migration in rural China since the 1980s, the total grain production of China saw a continuous increase. As of today, the relationship between labor migration and grain output growth remains partial and contradictory. The main aim of this empirical study is to examine some specific measures adopted by peasants to deal with labor shortage and maintain grain output growth. Using tracking survey, participatory rural appraisal methods, and land plot investigation, we investigate 274 households and 1405 arable land plots in four villages in two stages in Jinchuan county, southwestern China. The results show that continuous emigration of labor from the four villages caused the abandonment of a small amount of land, decreased labor intensity, and reduced multiple cropping index, shifting from "corn-wheat" multiple cropping pattern to the "corn" cropping pattern, which means labor shortage in some households. At the same time, owing to surplus labor in the villages, the peasants utilize a series of means to offset the negative impacts of labor migration on grain output, such as cropland transfer, labor exchange in the busy seasons, and the substitution of capital and technology for labor. The econometric analysis also shows that labor migration boosts grain production. This study provides a reasonable explanation of grain output growth under rural-urban migration.
Language英语
Funding Project[National Natural Science Foundation of China] ; [Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences]
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/112819
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Affiliation1.西南大学
2.中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
3.汉堡大学
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Yan Jianzhong,Zhang Yili,Hua Xiaobo,et al. An explanation of labor migration and grain output growth:Findings of a case study in eastern Tibetan Plateau[J]. Journal of Geographical Sciences,2016,26(4):484.
APA Yan Jianzhong,Zhang Yili,Hua Xiaobo,&Yang Liang.(2016).An explanation of labor migration and grain output growth:Findings of a case study in eastern Tibetan Plateau.Journal of Geographical Sciences,26(4),484.
MLA Yan Jianzhong,et al."An explanation of labor migration and grain output growth:Findings of a case study in eastern Tibetan Plateau".Journal of Geographical Sciences 26.4(2016):484.
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