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Access to Land, Rural Development and Public Action: The When and the How


  • Pablo Bandeira
  • José María Sumpsi


After being marginalised in the 1980s, land-reform policies came back to national and international development agendas during the 1990s, resulting in a revival of academic research on the subject. This article reviews the empirical literature on access to land, rural development and public action for evidence on when and how the state should intervene in the allocation of rural land. The review suggests that positive impacts are obtained if, and only if, public actions on the allocation of land are carried out under certain conditions and in a certain way. The article ends by highlighting the need to elaborate empirical models that take into consideration opportunity costs and interactions, and that integrate individual responses with aggregate effects. Copyright (c) The Authors 2009. Journal compilation (c) 2009 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Pablo Bandeira & José María Sumpsi, 2009. "Access to Land, Rural Development and Public Action: The When and the How," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 27(1), pages 33-49, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:27:y:2009:i:1:p:33-49

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