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Transformation of the Family under Rising Land Pressure: A Theoretical Essay

  • Catherine Guirkinger

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    (Center for Research in the Economics of Development, University of Namur)

  • Jean-Philippe Platteau

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    (Center for Research in the Economics of Development, University of Namur)

If we understand well the individualization of land tenure rules under conditions of growing land scarcity and increased market integration, much less is known about the mode of evolution of the farm-cum-family units possessing the land. Inspired by first-hand evidence from West Africa, this paper argues that these units undergo the same process of individualization governed by the same forces as property rights in land. It provides a simple theoretical account of the coexistence of different forms of family when farms are heterogenous in land endowments and technology is stagnant. The paper also offers analytical insights into the sequence following which such forms succeed each other.

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Paper provided by University of Namur, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1108.

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Length: 67 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:nam:wpaper:1108
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