What Drives Land Sales and Rentals in Rural Africa: Evidence from Western Burkina Faso
Posted: 22 Mar 2013 Last revised: 21 Oct 2014
Date Written: 2013
This paper examines the conditions of emergence of agricultural land markets in the cotton zone of Burkina Faso. I use census data obtained from the 476 villages in the Hauts Bassins region, to estimate the effects of internal migration and urbanization on the probability of selling and renting agricultural land. After controlling for the potential endogeneity of migration using an instrumental variable approach, the results show a significant and positive impact of migration and urbanization, both on the probability of sales and of rentals of agricultural land at the village level.
Keywords: Agricultural Land markets, Internal Migrations, Urban Elites
JEL Classification: Q15, O15
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