作 者: Wei Duan（段伟），Nicholas J. Hogarth，Jinyu Shen（申津羽）， Yijing Zhang（张奕婧）， Qian Chen*
Rural-urban labour migration has the potential to significantly transform forest owners' forestry management strategies and influence the forest resources in the long term. This study examined the effects of rural-urban labour migration on household forestland exit decisions (i.e. forestland abandonment and forestland transfer), investment decisions (capital and labour), and forest income (absolute and relative) based on data collected in 2011 and 2016 from 563 rural households in seven counties of Sichuan Province, China. The results show that rural-urban labour migration significantly increases the probability of forestland abandonment, and the net transfer rate of forestland, especially when the migrants are post-adolescent (age 30-45) women. Furthermore, rural-urban labour migration was found to have little influence on forest capital investment intensity, but significant negative influences on labour investment intensity, and both forest income and reliance. These results provide new insights about the impact of rural-urban labour migration on forest management, and will be helpful in designing alternative policies to promote rural-urban labour migration and enhancement of forest management..
Rural-urban labour migration; Forestland abandonment; Forestland transfer; Forest investment; Forest reliance; Forest management; Sichuan; China
The National Natural Science Foundation of China (71803050), Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education, China (17YJC790029), and Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong province, China (2017A030310077) supported this study.
审 定：黄 松