Has Colombia Finally Found an Agrarian Reform that Works?

Revista de Economia Institucional, Vol. 4, No. 6, 2004

47 Pages Posted: 2 May 2005

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Albert Berry

University of Toronto - Munk Centre for International Studies

Abstract

This article assesses Colombian agrarian reforms from the beginning of the 20th century. It shows the positive and negative effects of Law 200 of 1936, criticizes the impact of INCORA in land distribution in the seventies and the failure of 'campesino' organizations that sought pacific agrarian reforms. The essay highlights the positive effects of DRI on 'campesino' income but recognizes its negative effects on social inequality. Also, it argues that the adoption of free market policies in the nineties deteriorated rural conditions and social inequality. Finally, it evaluates the scope of recent projects and offers some policy recommendations.

Note: Downloadable document is in Spanish.

Keywords: Agrarian reform, landlords, squatters, agrarian policies, property rights

JEL Classification: N56, Q15

Suggested Citation

Berry, Albert, Has Colombia Finally Found an Agrarian Reform that Works?. Revista de Economia Institucional, Vol. 4, No. 6, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=704623

Albert Berry (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Munk Centre for International Studies ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6
Canada
416-946-8932 (Phone)
416-946-8915 (Fax)

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