Resources Science ›› 2016, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (1): 73-82.doi: 10.18402/resci.2016.01.08

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Relationship between changes in revenue sharing policy for land conveyance and arable land loss

XU Zhiying, ZHONG Taiyang   

  1. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences,Nanjing University,Nanjing 210023,China
  • Received:2015-03-17 Revised:2015-04-30 Online:2016-01-25 Published:2016-01-25

Abstract:

Recently,irrational use of land resource caused by land financial problems has drawn academic attention in China. Exploring the interaction between the change of revenue sharing policy for land conveyance and arable land loss, will provide suggestions for perfecting land financial policies. We reviewed the history of sharing schemes for farmland occupancy tax and state-owned land leasing revenue between the central government and local government since the 1980s. Then we analyzed time series data for the sharing proportion for these two types of land conveyancing related to revenue and arable land occupied for construction. Unit root test,co-integration test,vector error correction model and granger causality tests were used. Results show that the sharing proportion of farmland occupancy tax and state-owned land leasing revenue changed frequently from 1987 to 1999. A long term co-integration relationship exists between the revenue sharing proportion for land conveyance and arable land occupied for construction. We found single direction causality from the change in the revenue sharing proportion to change in arable land occupied for construction,revealing that increases and decreases in the arable land occupied by construction respond to changes in the revenue sharing proportion. The adjustment of revenue sharing schemes for land conveyancing was influenced by several complicated reasons,such as local government behaviors. Therefore,effective and powerful adjustment of revenue sharing schemes for land conveyancing play an important role in arable land protection. Government and land administrative departments could formulate proper sharing subjects and sharing proportions according to different types of land conveyance revenue to prevent high quality arable land conversion. At the same time,this move could effectively avoid failure under the overlay of many kinds of land revenue as well as waste of limited land resources.

Key words: land finance, land use change, arable land occupied for construction, VEC model, Granger causality test