Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action

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Redesigning access to land to increase efficiency and reduce poverty is back on the policy agenda. This book broadens the analysis of alternative options beyond state-led redistributions to consider channels of access such as inheritance and inter-vivos transfers, intra-household and intra-community land allocations, community titling of open access resources, the break up of common property resources and the individualization of rights, decollectivization, land markets, and land rental contracts. Each of these channels of access to land is analyzed, and recommendations made to enhance their effectiveness for poverty reduction.
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Alain de Janvry is Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Elisabeth Sadoulet is Professor of Economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Jean-Philippe Platteau is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Namur. Gustavo Gordillo is Director of the FAO office in Santiago, Chile.

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Table of Contents

1. Access to land and Land Policy Reforms, Alain de Janvry, Jean-Philippe Platteau, Gustavo Gordillo, and Elisabeth Sadoulet
2. Impartible Inheritance Versus Equal Division: A Comparative Perspective Centered on Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, Jean-Philippe Platteau and Jean-Marie Baland
3. Intrahousehold Access to Land and Source of Inefficiency: Theory and Concepts, Marcel Fafchamps
4. Land Rights and Natural Resource Management in the Transition to Individual Ownership: case Studies from Ghana and Indonesia, Keijiro Otsuka and Agnes R. Quisumbing
5. The Puzzle of Counterproductive Property Rights Reform: A Conceptual Analysis, Elinor Ostrom
6. Case Study. Property Rights: Access to Land and Forest Resources in Uganda, W. S. Gombya-Ssembajjwe, A. Y. Banana, and J. Bahati
7. Devolution of Control of Common-Pool Resources to Local Communities: Experiences in Forestry, J. E. Michael Arnold
8. Access to Land via Land Rental Markets, Elisabeth Sadoulet, Rinku Murgai, and Alain de Janvry
9. Case Study. Regulating the Sharecropping System: Operation Barga, Uday Shankar Saha and Mandira Saha
10. Land market Liberalization and the Agrarian Question in Latin America, Michael R. Carter and Ramón Salgado
11. The Changing Role of the State in Latin American Land Reforms, Alain de Janvry, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Wendy Wolford
12. Case Study. Grassroots-Initiated Land reform in Brazil: The Rural Landless Workers' Movement, Wendy Wolford
13. Negotiated Land Reform as One Way of Land Access: Experiences from Colombia, Brazil, and South Africa, Klaus Deininger
14. Transition form Collective Farms to Individual Tenures in Central and Eastern Europe, Johan F. M. Swinnen
15. Case Study. The Dramatic Rise of Individual Farming in Albania: Causes and Effects, Azeta Cungu and Johan F. M. Swinnen
16. Case Study. Post-Communist Land Reform and Changes in Tenure in the Czech Republic, Tomás Doucha, Erik Mathijs, and Johan F. M. Swinnen
17. The Evolution of the World Ban's Land Policy, Klaus Deininger and Hans Binswanger

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