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Farmers’ Decision-making Behaviors of Participating in Farmland Consolidation Project:An Empirical Analysis of Land Consolidation Project in Wuhan Fringe
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Pages: 49-56
Year: Issue:  8
Journal: China Land Science

Keyword:  land consolidationfarmers’participationcost-benefit theorydecision-making behaviorWuhan Fringe;
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to reveal the behavioral decision-making mechanism of the farmers regarding the participation in farmland consolidation project, and to provide a scientific basis for formulating relevant policy to encourage farmers’ participation in farmland consolidation project. This paper takes advantage of cost-benefit theory perspective to build behavior decision model of farmers involved in land consolidation project, and employ the survey data for empirical test. The empirical results show that participation decision-making behaviors of farmers are decided on the size of prospective earnings and cost of participative behavior. The factors such as farmers’ cognition on land consolidation project, farmers’ judgment of participating that improves the quality of project engineering facilities, the opinion of villagers around, the identity of village cadres, the attitude of the government on farmers’ participation, the publicity and transparency degree of project information, farmers’ age and family contracted farmland area together have significant impacts on farmers’ participation decisions. Among them, farmers’ cognition on land consolidation project variable is the important factor that affects farmers’ participation behavior;the variable of identity of village cadres is the key factor that affects farmers’ participation behavior. The paper concludes that some measures may be taken in land consolidation project, such as to strengthen the land consolidation policy propaganda, support and guide farmers in project area to actively participate in the decision of project, establish the perfect public participation mechanism, and strengthen constructing the social culture in rural community, e.g.,“harmony”, and“democratic participation”.
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