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Land Reform and Changes in Land Ownership Concentration: Evidence from Rice-Growing Villages in the Philippines

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  • Dela Cruz, Alma M.
  • Ballesteros, Marife M.
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    This paper examines the effect of land reform and land transfer actions of farmer beneficiaries on land ownership concentration. A case study of two rice-growing villages was used to track down ownership changes over a period of time. Land reform has succeeded in the break up of huge estates in rice-growing villages but has not effectively improved land ownership concentration due to evasions tactics of landlords who have retained a significant portion of lands to the family through land schemes that are apparently legitimate under the land reform laws. Land transfer actions of farmer beneficiaries have not necessarily worsen the current land ownership concentration but in the absence of progressive land tax, these actions can lead to widening land concentration.

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    Paper provided by Philippine Institute for Development Studies in its series Discussion Papers with number DP 2006-21.

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    Length: 31
    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2006-21

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    Keywords: land reform; land ownership concentration; land ownership consolidation;

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    1. Adriano, Lourdes S., 1991. "A General Assessment of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program," Working Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies WP 1991-13, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
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    1. World Bank, 2009. "Land Reform, Rural Development, and Poverty in the Philippines : Revisiting the Agenda," World Bank Other Operational Studies 18545, The World Bank.

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