Department of Economic Management,South China Agricultural University,Guangzhou
The article gives an empirical test to the impact of non-agricultural employment experience and behavioral capacity on the operating efficiency of new-type professional farmers, adopting a two-stage model of DEA-Tobit and an mediation effect model, which uses 501 questionnaire survey data from the provinces of Guangdong and Jiangxi, based on the theoretical analysis. The results show that there is low overall efficiency in the new type of professional farmers, and more room for later improvement. The non-agricultural employment experience plays a significant role in promoting the comprehensive management efficiency of new-type professional farmers. It has a positive impact on the work experience and business experience to the comprehensive management efficiency of new-type professional farmers, but the impact of political experience fails to pass the significance test.Behavioural ability not only promotes the improvement of the comprehensive management efficiency of new professional farmersdirectly, but also plays a part of the mediating role in the positive relationship of“non-agricultural experience-management efficiency”.The effects of control variables, such as academic qualifications and terrain features, pass the significance test, when the rest of the control variables fails to pass the significance test. Therefore, workers with rich non-agricultural employment experience should be encouraged to take up employment in agriculture, and the differentiated cultivation policies have to be adopted for workers, who have different employment experiences and are willing to engage in agriculture forthe rural revitalization.