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Comparing land reform and land markets in colombia: impacts on equity and efficiency

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  • Raffaella Castagnini
  • Klaus Deininger
  • Maria A. Gonzalez

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Based on a large survey to compare the effectiveness of land markets and land reform in Colombia, the authors find that rental and sales markets were more effective in transferring land to poor but productive producers than was administrative land reform. The fact that land transactions were all of a short-term nature and that little land was transferred from very large to small land owners or the landless suggests that there may be scope for policies both to improve the functioning of land markets and to facilitate greater land access by the most disadvantaged. Analysis of the factors associated with success in a sample of land transfers from large to small producers helps to identify key elements for policies in both respects.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3258.

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Keywords: Banks&Banking Reform; Environmental Economics&Policies; Municipal Housing and Land; Land Use and Policies; Agribusiness&Markets; Environmental Economics&Policies; Banks&Banking Reform; Rural Land Policies for Poverty Reduction; Land Use and Policies; Agribusiness&Markets;

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  1. Rogier van den Brink & Glen Thomas & Hans Binswanger & John Bruce & Frank Byamugisha, 2005. "Consensus, Confusion, and Controversy : Selected Land Reform Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7387, February.
  2. Donaldson, John A., 2008. "Growth is Good for Whom, When, How? Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Exceptional Cases," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(11), pages 2127-2143, November.

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