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Communal Land and Agricultural Productivity

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  • Charles Gottlieb

    () (University of Cambridge
    Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM))

  • Jan Grobovšek

    () (School of Economics University of Edinburgh)

Abstract

Communal land tenure regimes are perceived as an obstacle to agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our general equilibrium selection model suggests that such land tenure arrangements can indeed lower nominal productivity in agriculture relative to non-agriculture, by some 25%. Real agricultural productivity, employment and GDP, however, are only marginally affected. Highly distortionary policies need not have substantial bite when individuals strategically respond and cross-sectoral terms of trade adjust strongly. Our model, calibrated to Ethiopia, predicts that at given prices 62% of farmers would leave farming if tenure were secured, yet only 9% actually switch sectors after factoring in price adjustments.

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  • Charles Gottlieb & Jan Grobovšek, 2015. "Communal Land and Agricultural Productivity," Discussion Papers 1513, Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM).
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    1. Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis & Diego Restuccia, 2014. "Land Misallocation and Productivity," 2014 Meeting Papers 1314, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    2. Chaoran Chen & Diego Restuccia & Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis, 2017. "The Effects of Land Markets on Resource Allocation and Agricultural Productivity," Working Papers tecipa-592, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
    3. Tasso Adamopoulos & Loren Brandt & Jessica Leight & Diego Restuccia, 2017. "Misallocation, Selection and Productivity: A Quantitative Analysis with Panel Data from China," Working Papers tecipa-593, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
    4. Emran, M. Shahe & Shilpi, Forhad, 2015. "Do Land Market Restrictions Hinder Structural Change in a Rural Economy? Evidence from Sri Lanka," MPRA Paper 66017, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Chaoran Chen, 2017. "Technology Adoption, Capital Deepening, and International Productivity Differences," Working Papers tecipa-584, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Agricultural Productivity; Growth and Development; Misallocation; Land;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment

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