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A theory of the optimal amount of public ownership of land

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  • Bertrand CRETTEZ

    (C.R.E.S.E, Université de Franche-Comté et C. E. M. E, Université de Paris I)

  • Claire LOUPIAS

    (Université de la Rochelle et C.E.B.I., Université de Paris I)

  • Philippe MICHEL

    (I.U.F, GREQAM, Université de la méditerranée II)

Abstract

A major issue in reforming previously planned economies is the creation of assets markets. In this paper, it is argued that the mere characteristics of the assets to be privatized matter. Indeed, private ownership of land. It is the purpose of this paper to provide a theory of such rate. We make use of a two-sectors overlapping generations model economy with land and capital. We find a version of the second welfare theorem : the command optimum can be decentralized using one and only one instrument, i.e. the rate of land publicly held. We call such a rate the optimal rate of public ownership of land.

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  • Bertrand CRETTEZ & Claire LOUPIAS & Philippe MICHEL, 1997. "A theory of the optimal amount of public ownership of land," Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) 1997031, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvre:1997031
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    JEL classification:

    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • H82 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Governmental Property
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • 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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