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Evolution of Land Distribution in West Bengal 1967-2004: Role of Land Reform and Demographic Changes

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  • Pranab Bardhan

    (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Michael Luca

    ()
    (Harvard Business School, Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit)

  • Dilip Mookherjee

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Boston University)

  • Francisco Pino

    (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Abstract

This paper studies how land reform and population growth affect land inequality and landlessness, focusing particularly on indirect effects owing to their influence on household divisions and land market transactions. Theoretical predictions of a model of household division and land transactions are successfully tested using household panel data from West Bengal spanning 1967-2004. The tenancy reform lowered inequality through its effects on household divisions and land market transactions, but its effect was quantitatively dominated by inequality-raising effects of population growth. The land distribution program lowered landlessness but this was partly offset by targeting failures and induced increases in immigration.

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Paper provided by Harvard Business School in its series Harvard Business School Working Papers with number 14-066.

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Length: 58 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:hbs:wpaper:14-066

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Keywords: inequality; land reform; household division; land markets;

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