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Land Reforms, Status and Population Growth

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  • Lehmijoki, Ulla

    ()
    (University of Helsinki)

  • Palokangas, Tapio K.

    ()
    (University of Helsinki)

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In this document, we consider the effects of a land reform on economic and demographic growth by a family-optimization model with sharecropping, endogenous fertility and status seeking. We show that tenant farming is the major obstacle to escaping the Malthusian trap with high fertility and low productivity. A land reform provides peasant families higher returns for their investments in land, encouraging them to increase their productivity of land rather than their family size. This decreases fertility and increases productivity in agriculture in the short and long runs. The European demographic history provides supporting evidence for this.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8054.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp8054

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Keywords: land reforms; population growth; status seeking; sharecropping;

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