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The Development of a Land Market? Insights from Côte d’Ivoire

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  • Jean-Philippe Colin
  • Mourad Ayouz
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    This paper contributes to the debate on rural land sales in Africa. First, it shows that the emergence of sales in the forested area of Côte d’Ivoire corresponds to an "imperfect" land commoditization, due to the social embedding of land transfers in the autochthon-migrant relationship. Then, it analyzes land sales in a former no-man’s land, outside this relationship, where the transactions correspond to complete sales. However, a diachronic analysis reveals an "involution" in the market, related to the transformation of the pioneer’s individual private right into a family right, once the land is inherited, highlighting therefore another social dimension of land markets.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

    Volume (Year): 82 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 404-423

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:82:y:2006:i:3:p:404-423

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    1. Peters, Pauline E., 2009. "Challenges in Land Tenure and Land Reform in Africa: Anthropological Contributions," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(8), pages 1317-1325, August.
    2. Ali, Daniel Ayalew & Deininger, Klaus & Goldstein, Markus, 2011. "Environmental and gender impacts of land tenure regularization in Africa : pilot evidence from Rwanda," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 5765, The World Bank.
    3. Ayalew Ali, Daniel & Goldstein, Markus, 2011. "Environmental and Gender Impacts of Land Tenure Regularization in Africa," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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