Impact of Participatory Development Projects on Social Capital: Evidence from Farmland Consolidation Projects in Paddy Areas of Japan

Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly
ISSN 00213551
NII recode ID (NCID) AA0068709X
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This study examines the impact of Japan’s participatory development projects, in which communities design proposals for farmland consolidation projects (FCPs), on community-level social capital. The analysis uses large-scale community data that include detailed information on social capital for 29,179 communities (of which 8,067 communities implemented the project and 21,112 did not). We provide propensity score matching estimates. The results reveal a positive impact on bonding social capital, although there is limited evidence of a negative effect on bridging social capital. Further, FCPs increase the number of community meetings held. Treated communities opt for governance that requires higher cooperative levels for irrigation management. Focusing on social ties outside the community, FCPs negatively affect holding direct sales of rice products among urban residents.

Date of issued
Creator Taisuke TAKAYAMA Tomoaki NAKATANI
Subject impact evaluation propensity score matching
Publisher Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
Available Online
NII resource type vocabulary Journal Article
Volume 52
Issue 3
spage 273
epage 283
DOI 10.6090/jarq.52.273
Language eng

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