A Proposal of Institutional Innovations for Urban-Rural Coordinated Development in China

14 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2007

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Feng Frederic Deng

Chongqing Technology and Business University

Lan Deng

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Lanlan Wang

Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)

Ming Zhang

University of Texas at Austin - School of Architecture

Date Written: July 25, 2007

Abstract

This paper analyzes urban-rural coordinated development in a region, where big city and large rural area coexist, and proposes some major institutional innovations. Our basic assumptions include: the existence of large rural area cannot be changed in the short term; people's mobility will continue to increase in metropolitan areas; long-term discrimination against peasants will disappear. We submit that urban-rural coordinated development is not equivalent to urban-rural integration, regional urbanization or urban-rural equalization. Local public goods and social welfare should be different by areas instead of by people's occupation or social status. Local public finance should be reformed to rely on property tax instead of landing leasing revenue. The efficiency, integrity and representation of peasant collectives is the key to reforms in the countryside. Voluntary organizations should be emphasized at neighborhood level and local governance structure should be simplified in metropolitan areas.

Keywords: urban-rural coordinated development, land institutions, public good, local governance, local public finance, housing, transportation

JEL Classification: D23, O18, O53, Q15, R11, R31, R42, R52, R58

Suggested Citation

Deng, Feng Frederic and Deng, Lan and Wang, Lanlan and Zhang, Ming, A Proposal of Institutional Innovations for Urban-Rural Coordinated Development in China (July 25, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1076967 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1076967

Feng Frederic Deng (Contact Author)

Chongqing Technology and Business University ( email )

Chongqing, Nan'an 400067
China

Lan Deng

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning ( email )

2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Lanlan Wang

Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) ( email )

39 South College Road
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100081
China

Ming Zhang

University of Texas at Austin - School of Architecture ( email )

1 University Station B7500
Austin, TX 78712-022
United States

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