Land Property Rights and Resource Allocation

28 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2012

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Sebastian Galiani

University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Ernesto Schargrodsky

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

In this paper we review the most significant empirical literature on the causal effects of land property rights. The literature indicates that secure property rights boost investment in both rural and urban areas. These effects, however, do not appear to be the result of improved credit conditions. In rural areas, clear land rights also lead to increases in productivity and farm earnings. In contrast, for urban areas, the evidence on the effect on earnings is mixed. We find little empirical evidence suggesting that land titling programs enhance the development of land markets. Finally, some evidence suggests that land titling induces changes in household structure that foster human capital accumulation and may help to increase the incomes of future generations.

Suggested Citation

Galiani, Sebastian and Schargrodsky, Ernesto, Land Property Rights and Resource Allocation (May 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182679 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2182679

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