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Sensitivity of Livelihood Strategy to Livelihood Capital: An Empirical Investigation Using Nationally Representative Survey Data from Rural China
Xu, Dingde1; Deng, Xin2; Guo, Shili3; Liu, Shaoquan4
Corresponding AuthorXu, Dingde(dingdexu@sicau.edu.cn)
2019-07-01
Source PublicationSOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH
ISSN0303-8300
Volume144Issue:1Pages:113-131
AbstractResearch on the association between rural households' livelihood capitals and livelihood strategies has long been of interest in geography, management, economics, ecology and other disciplines. However, the existing micro-empirical studies are mostly small-scale surveys of rural households; there are much fewer large-scale investigations at the national level. Meanwhile, few empirical studies have analyzed the sensitivity of rural households' livelihood strategies to various types of livelihood capitals in different types of villages, from the perspective of village type. This study uses survey data from 8031 rural households in 226 villages from 27 provinces (cities) of China; the villages were divided into three types: plain villages, hilly villages and mountainous villages. The livelihood capitals and livelihood strategies of rural households in different types of villages were examined, and ordinal logistic regression models were construed to explore the sensitivity of rural households' livelihood strategies to various types of livelihood capitals in different types of villages. The results revealed that: (1) the sample of rural households had similar livelihood asset structures and livelihood strategy selections across the different types of villages. Among them, human capital was the most important livelihood asset for rural households, while rural households had the lowest dependence on natural capital; off-farm work was the main livelihood strategy for rural households, followed by on-farm work, while the proportion of households engaged in part-time work was the smallest. (2) Rural households' livelihood strategies had different sensitivities to various types of livelihood capitals, and there were also differences in the sensitivities among different types of villages. For the total sample, as well as the hill and mountain village sub-samples, human and financial capitals had significant positive impacts on livelihood strategy, while nature and social capitals had significant negative impacts on livelihood strategy; physical capital had no significant impact on livelihood strategy. For the plain village sub-sample, human and physical capitals had significant positive impacts on livelihood strategy, while nature capital had a significant negative impact on livelihood strategy; financial and social capitals had no significant impacts on livelihood strategy. This study enhances our understanding of the characteristics of rural households' livelihood capital structures and livelihood strategy selections as well as the sensitivity of rural households' livelihood strategies to various types of livelihood capitals among different types of villages in China. These findings provide reference for the formulation of policies related to the improvement of rural households' livelihoods in different types of villages.
KeywordSustainable livelihood Livelihood capital Livelihood strategy Sensitivity China
DOI10.1007/s11205-018-2037-6
Indexed BySCI
WOS KeywordGORGES RESERVOIR AREA ; POVERTY VULNERABILITY ; HOUSEHOLD STRUCTURE ; MOUNTAINOUS AREAS ; SICHUAN PROVINCE ; LABOR MIGRATION ; DIVERSIFICATION ; INSIGHTS ; FARMERS ; IMPACT
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41801221] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41571527] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41601614] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41701622] ; Sichuan Center for Rural Development Research Project[01781912] ; Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Science Research Youth Fund Project[17YJC630136]
WOS Research AreaSocial Sciences - Other Topics ; Sociology
WOS SubjectSocial Sciences, Interdisciplinary ; Sociology
WOS IDWOS:000470327600005
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Sichuan Center for Rural Development Research Project ; Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Science Research Youth Fund Project
PublisherSPRINGER
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/26420
Collection中国科学院水利部成都山地灾害与环境研究所
Corresponding AuthorXu, Dingde
Affiliation1.Sichuan Agr Univ, Sichuan Ctr Rural Dev Res, Coll Management, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan, Peoples R China
2.Sichuan Agr Univ, Coll Econ, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan, Peoples R China
3.Southwestern Univ Finance & Econ, China Western Econ Res Ctr, Chengdu 610074, Sichuan, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Mt Hazards & Environm, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, Peoples R China
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Xu, Dingde,Deng, Xin,Guo, Shili,et al. Sensitivity of Livelihood Strategy to Livelihood Capital: An Empirical Investigation Using Nationally Representative Survey Data from Rural China[J]. SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH,2019,144(1):113-131.
APA Xu, Dingde,Deng, Xin,Guo, Shili,&Liu, Shaoquan.(2019).Sensitivity of Livelihood Strategy to Livelihood Capital: An Empirical Investigation Using Nationally Representative Survey Data from Rural China.SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH,144(1),113-131.
MLA Xu, Dingde,et al."Sensitivity of Livelihood Strategy to Livelihood Capital: An Empirical Investigation Using Nationally Representative Survey Data from Rural China".SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH 144.1(2019):113-131.
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