Black Land Loss: 1920−1997

AEA Papers and Proceedings 2022, 112: 38-42. https://doi.org/10.1257/pandp.20221015

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 588

5 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2022

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Dania Francis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Darrick Hamilton

The New School - Department of Economics

Thomas W. Mitchell

Boston College Law School

Nathan Rosenberg

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic; University of Arkansas School of Law

Bryce Stucki

U.S. Census Bureau

Date Written: May 1, 2022

Abstract

Black agricultural land ownership was at a peak just after the turn of the twentieth century; however, there was a nearly 90 percent decline in ownership from 1910 to 1997 (US Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1840–2012). In this paper, we use US Census of Agriculture (COA) data to estimate that the present, compounded value of the Black land loss from 1920 to 1997 is roughly $326 billion.

Keywords: Black land ownership, Black land loss, dispossession, US Census, reparations, law and economics, civil rights, discrimination

JEL Classification: J15, N32, N52, Q15

Suggested Citation

Francis, Dania and Hamilton, Darrick and Mitchell, Thomas W. and Rosenberg, Nathan and Stucki, Bryce, Black Land Loss: 1920−1997 (May 1, 2022). AEA Papers and Proceedings 2022, 112: 38-42. https://doi.org/10.1257/pandp.20221015, Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 588, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4214797

Dania Francis

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Darrick Hamilton

The New School - Department of Economics ( email )

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Thomas W. Mitchell (Contact Author)

Boston College Law School ( email )

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Nathan Rosenberg

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic ( email )

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University of Arkansas School of Law ( email )

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Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Bryce Stucki

U.S. Census Bureau ( email )

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D.C., WA 20233
United States

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