Research on Social Capital’s Impact on the Cultivated Land Availability of Peasant Households in China

Ruiqin LI, Leqin LI


At the background of the demand of agricultural scale management still pressing and the development of rural land circulation market still lags behind, the social capital as the important capital of peasant households to overcome the information asymmetry of land circulation market, is bound to affect the cultivated land availability of peasant households. In this paper, the social capital is divided into "integrated" social capital, "crossing" social capital and "cognitive" social capital. In addition, this paper shows that different social capital all can improve the cultivated land availability of peasant households through the reducing of the farmland transaction costs, and the role of the three types social capitals on cultivated land availability of peasant households are complementary.


Social capital; Peasant households; Cultivated land availability; Rural land circulation

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