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Exchanging Land for Solidarity: Solidarity Transfers among Voluntarily Resettled and Non-Resettled Land-Reform Beneficiaries


  • Simone Gobien

    () (University of Marburg)

  • Björn Vollan

    () (University of Innsbruck)


Mutual aid among villagers in developing countries is often the only means of insuring against economic shocks. We use “lab-in-the-field experiments” in Cambodian villages to study solidarity in established and newly resettled communities. Our experimental participants were part of an agricultural land-distribution project for which they signed up voluntarily. Half of our sample voluntarily resettled one and a half years before this study. Playing a version of the “solidarity game,” we identify the effect of voluntary resettlement on willingness to help anonymous fellow villagers. We find that resettled farmers transfer substantially less money to their fellow villagers than farmers who have not resettled. Our experimental results indicate greater vulnerability on the part of resettled households in the initial years after resettlement.

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  • Simone Gobien & Björn Vollan, 2013. "Exchanging Land for Solidarity: Solidarity Transfers among Voluntarily Resettled and Non-Resettled Land-Reform Beneficiaries," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201331, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  • Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:201331

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    Cambodia; lab-in-the-field experiment; land distribution; social capital; solidarity; voluntary resettlement;

    JEL classification:

    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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