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Land Reallocation in an Agrarian Transition

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  • Martin Ravallion
  • Dominique van de Walle

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Liberalising key factor markets is a crucial step in the transition from a socialist control-economy to a market economy. However, the process can be stalled by imperfect information, high transaction costs and covert resistance from entrenched interests. The article studies agricultural land reallocation in the wake of Vietnam's efforts to establish a free market in land-use rights following de-collectivisation. Inefficiencies in the initial administrative allocation are measured against an explicit counterfactual. Land allocation responded positively but slowly to the initial inefficiencies. There is no sign that the transition favoured the land rich or that it was thwarted by local officials. Copyright 2006 The Author(s). Journal compilation Royal Economic Society 2006.

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  • Martin Ravallion & Dominique van de Walle, 2006. "Land Reallocation in an Agrarian Transition," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 116(514), pages 924-942, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:116:y:2006:i:514:p:924-942
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