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What Drives the Global Land Rush?


Rabah Arezki


International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Klaus Deininger


World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Harris Selod


National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA); National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST); The World Bank; Paris School of Economics (PSE); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

December 12, 2011

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3666

Abstract:     
This paper studies the determinants of foreign land acquisition for large-scale agriculture. To do so, gravity models are estimated using data on bilateral investment relationships, together with newly constructed indicators of agro-ecological suitability in areas with low population density as well as land rights security. Results confirm the central role of agro-ecological potential as a pull factor. In contrast to the literature on foreign investment in general, the quality of the business climate is insignificant whereas weak land governance and tenure security for current users make countries more attractive for investors. Implications for policy are discussed.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: land acquisition, large-scale agriculture, foreign investments agro-ecological potential, land availability, land governance, property rights

JEL Classification: F210, O130, Q150, Q340

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Date posted: December 12, 2011  

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Arezki, Rabah and Deininger, Klaus and Selod, Harris, What Drives the Global Land Rush? (December 12, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3666. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1971160

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Rabah Arezki (Contact Author)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )
700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States
Klaus Deininger
World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC) ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
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World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
1818 H. Street, N.W.
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Washington, DC 20433
United States
Harris Selod
National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) ( email )
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Paris Cedex 07, 75338
France
+33 1 4313 6365 (Phone)
+33 1 4313 6362 (Fax)
National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST)
15 Boulevard Gabriel Peri
92245 Malakoff Cedex, 1 92245
France
The World Bank ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States
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