Farmers’ Willingness to Participate in Small-Scale Farmland Water Conservation Construction in China
International Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages: 54-62
Received: Mar. 13, 2017; Published: Mar. 15, 2017
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Fang Luo, School of Commerce, Huanggang Normal University, Huanggang, China
Fangmin Sun, School of Commerce, Huanggang Normal University, Huanggang, China
Dan Xu, School of Commerce, Huanggang Normal University, Huanggang, China
Caihong Sun, School of Commerce, Huanggang Normal University, Huanggang, China
Qing Wang, School of Commerce, Huanggang Normal University, Huanggang, China
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Abstract
Small-scale farmland water conservation facilities are “the last mile” of irrigation works, and determine whether the large- and medium-scale water conservation projects financed by the government will provide the most value and maximum efficiency. Farmers play a primary role in the construction of small-scale farmland water conservation, while the government’s role is only to encourage and subsidize such projects. Farmers’ willingness to participate determines their behavior. This paper, firstly, uses a utility function for goods and water conservation facilities to solve the farmers’ optimization problem. It puts forward six theoretical propositions about farmers’ willingness to invest in small-scale farmland water conservation. Secondly, based on survey data in Hubei Province, China, the Heckman Two-step Model is used to analyze the factors affecting farmers’ willingness to participate in construction of small-scale irrigation systems and the factors affecting the amount of investment that participants are willing to undertake.
Keywords
Heckman Two-Step Model, Small-Scale Farmland Water Conservation, Farmers
To cite this article
Fang Luo, Fangmin Sun, Dan Xu, Caihong Sun, Qing Wang, Farmers’ Willingness to Participate in Small-Scale Farmland Water Conservation Construction in China, International Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2017, pp. 54-62. doi: 10.11648/j.ijebo.20170502.12
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