Resources Science ›› 2019, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (4): 669-680.doi: 10.18402/resci.2019.04.05

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Well-being of forestry workers and affecting factors after complete cessation of commercial logging of natural forests: Based on the data of Northeastern key state-owned forest areas of China

ZOU Yuyou1, QI Yingnan1, ZHU Hongge1, QI Jiaguo2, TIAN Guoshuang1   

  1. 1. College of Economics and Management, Northeast Forest University, Harbin 150040, China;
    2. Center for Global Change & Earth Observation, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48823, America;
  • Received:2018-07-04 Revised:2018-11-15 Published:2019-04-25

Abstract: This study systematically examined the subjective well-being (SWB) of the forestry workers in Northeastern key state-owned forest areas of China after the complete cessation of commercial logging of natural forests, in order to provide a scientific plan for the government to implement the supporting policies. It used the data of 1,004 monitoring and survey questionnaires on the policy reform in the study area. Based on the theoretical framework of Amartya Sen’s capability approach and the indicators of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, this study empirically analyzed the influencing factors of the SWB of forestry workers using the Ordered Logit models. The results show that: (1) Longjiang Forest Industry Bureau, Inner Mongolia Forest Industry Bureau, and Changbaishang Forest Industry Bureau performed well in the complete cessation of commercial logging of natural forests and the reform of relevant policies, but Daxinganling Forestry Group and Jilin Forest Industry Bureau lagged behind. Infrastructure development was fast, but improvement in medical care provision was slow, and income and employment also need to be improved after the cessation. (2) 82.77% of the forestry workers indicated reasonably high level of life satisfaction, but lower than the SWB of Chinese farmers and the life satisfaction of urban residents. (3) Health condition, affiliated hospital, total household expenditure, housing satisfaction, price satisfaction, government service satisfaction, social security satisfaction, income satisfaction, and dual employment have positive impact on the SWB of forestry workers in the Northeastern key state-owned forest areas. (4) Although the influencing factors of SWB of workers in remote forest farms and large forest communities are different, total household expenditure, price, social security, dual employment, and income satisfaction are the core areas for improving the SWB of forestry workers in Northeastern key state-owned forest areas of China.

Key words: complete cessation of commercial logging of natural forests, subjective well-being, capability approach, Ordered Logit model, Northeastern key state-owned forest areas