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Lili Jia received PhD for study on land fragmentation

07 November 2011

Our group member Lili Jia has successfully defended her PhD thesis "Land fragmentation and off-farm labor supply in China" on Nov. 7. Dr. Jia, originally from Inner Mongolia, got her MSc from China Agricultural University and has worked on her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Martin Petrick since 2008, i.e. as one of the first IAMO China group members.

Her thesis theoretically and empirically identifies the effect of land fragmentation on off-farm labor supply. Drawing on data from three Chinese provinces, Zhejiang, Hubei, and Yunnan, the study finds that land consolidation can increase agricultural labor productivity but it fails to affect off-farm labor supply significantly.

Currently Dr. Jia is working on a cow hotel project in cooperation with CCAP colleagues.

Here is part of her work as contributed to the GEWISOLA conference 2011.