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Dimensions of Land Inequality and Economic Development

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  • Lennart Erickson
  • Dietrich Vollrath

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There are several theories linking land inequality with aspects of economic development. Empirical work on these theories has attempted to establish a relationship between land inequality and institutions, financial development, and education. This research, though, has relied on measures of land inequality that capture only inequality within the class of landholders, ignoring completely the issue of landlessness. This omission raises suspicion about the usefulness of those empirical results. We use a new measure of the breadth of landholdings across the agricultural population to address this issue. We test the proposed relationships regarding land inequality and development using the new measure. The regressions fail to find significant and robust relationships between land inequality of either type and institutions or financial development. We do find that lower land inequality across agricultural populations, but not inequality within the landholding class, is associated with greater public provision of education.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 04/158.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2004
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Keywords: Land reform; Financial sector; land inequality; gini coefficient; statistics; standard errors; measure of inequality; measurement error; correlation; predictions; least squares regressions; dependent variable; measures of inequality; standard deviation; sample size; levels of inequality; middle class share; inequality variables; dummy variable; class consensus; inequality will; distribution of wealth; covariance; scatter plot; inequality results;

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  1. Savoia, Antonio & Easaw, Joshy & McKay, Andrew, 2010. "Inequality, Democracy, and Institutions: A Critical Review of Recent Research," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 142-154, February.
  2. Vivien Kappel, 2010. "The Effects of Financial Development on Income Inequality and Poverty," CER-ETH Economics working paper series, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich 10/127, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
  3. Alexandros Mourmouras & Peter Rangazas, 2008. "Fiscal Policy and Economic Development," Working Papers, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Department of Economics wp200802, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Department of Economics.
  4. Klump, Rainer & Prüfer, Patricia, 2005. "How to prioritise policies for poverty reduction: Applying Bayesian Model Averaging to Vietnam," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Kiel 2005 27, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
  5. World Bank, 2009. "Kenya - Poverty and Inequality Assessment : Executive Summary and Synthesis Report," World Bank Other Operational Studies 3081, The World Bank.
  6. Dietrich Vollrath & Lennart Erickson, 2007. "Land Distribution and Financial System Development," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 07/83, International Monetary Fund.

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