Building on Custom: Land Tenure Policy and Economic Development in Ghana

37 Pages Posted: 11 May 2007

Abstract

This Note addresses the intersection of customary and statutory land law in the land tenure policy of Ghana. It argues that improving the current land tenure policy demands integration of customary land law and customary authorities into the statutory system. After describing why and how customary property practices are central to the economic viability of any property system, the Note gives a brief overview of Ghana's customary and statutory land law. The Note concludes with specific policy suggestions about how Ghana could better draw on the strength of its customary land sector.

Keywords: Law and Development, Ghana, Law and Economics, Property, Customary Law

JEL Classification: A19, H10, H11, K11, N57, O00, P40, Q15, Z10

Suggested Citation

Blocher, Joseph, Building on Custom: Land Tenure Policy and Economic Development in Ghana. Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Vol. 9, p. 177, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=985353

Joseph Blocher (Contact Author)

Duke University School of Law ( email )

210 Science Drive
Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708
United States

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