Communal Land and Agricultural Productivity

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Communal land tenure is prevalent across many developing countries. It implements a “use it or lose it” principle that allows owners to farm their land but restricts their right to transfer it away. This paper measures the distortionary impact of communal land in a dynamic general equilibrium model of occupational selection, calibrated to Ethiopia. We find that lifting communal land tenure increases GDP by 9% and lowers agricultural employment by 18 percentage points. While agricultural productivity increases, that of non-agriculture drops. Communal land tenure helps rationalizing about one-half of the relative agricultural productivity gap in the poorest economies. Its impact on aggregate productivity, though, is comparatively minor.
Authors Gottlieb, Charles & Grobovsek, Jan
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Development Economics
Language English
Keywords Agricultural productivity, Growth and Development, Misallocation, Land, Africa, Ethiopia
Subjects economics
social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SEPS - Quantitative Economic Methods
Refereed Yes
Date May 2019
Publisher Elsevier
ISSN 0304-3878
Depositing User Prof. Ph.D Charles Gottlieb
Date Deposited 21 Dec 2016 15:19
Last Modified 24 Feb 2021 22:56



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Gottlieb, Charles & Grobovsek, Jan (2019) Communal Land and Agricultural Productivity. Journal of Development Economics, ISSN 0304-3878

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