Land Conflict, Property Rights, and the Rise of the Export Economy in Colombia, 1850-1925

40 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2009

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Fabio Sánchez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Antonella Fazio

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

María del Pilar López-Uribe

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Abstract

This research attempts to explain the poor performance of the Colombian economy in the world markets during the late nineteenth century. Based on data on exportable production at the municipal level in 1892, coffee production in 1925 and of public land allocation and land conflicts during the nineteenth and twentieth century, we found that the greatest obstacle that faced Colombian export development was the weakness of settlers’ property rights in the frontier lands. The quantitative results show that in the absence of land conflicts, the municipality’s exportable production would have been at least twice as much as that observed.

Keywords: Property Rights, Export Economy, Land Conflict, Titling, Frontier Expansion, Public Land, Colombia

JEL Classification: N5, N56, N76, P14

Suggested Citation

Sánchez Torres, Fabio and Fazio, Antonella and López-Uribe, María del Pilar, Land Conflict, Property Rights, and the Rise of the Export Economy in Colombia, 1850-1925. Documento CEDE No. 2008-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1485627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1485627

Fabio Sánchez Torres (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Antonella Fazio

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia ( email )

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Bogota, DC D.C. 110311
Colombia

María del Pilar López-Uribe

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

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