Rein Haagsma, Pierre v. Mouche

Securing Land Rights under Rapid Population Growth: The Feasibility of Institutional Land Rights Protection in Africa

Volume 176 () / Issue 2, pp. 312-350 (39)
Published 16.03.2020

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The paper examines the claim that a virtuous cycle of more secure land rights, more land-saving investments, and denser populations requires the development of institutions that regulate competition over land. We construct a contest model that links the tenure-security-investment relationship to the efforts of land users to enhance land rights themselves and the role of institutional protection. We study the effect of population growth on a close-to-subsistence economy, including the possibility that it weakens institutional protection. We derive sufficient conditions for a positive effect on land investment, but also show that population growth can push the economy into a low-productivity trap.

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