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Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World$
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Paul Erdkamp, Koenraad Verboven, and Arjan Zuiderhoek

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728924.001.0001

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Property Rights over Land and Economic Growth in the Roman Empire

Property Rights over Land and Economic Growth in the Roman Empire

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(p.88) 6 Property Rights over Land and Economic Growth in the Roman Empire
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Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World
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Dennis P. Kehoe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728924.003.0006

This chapter examines the role that law and legal institutions played in affecting the possibilities for growth in the agrarian economy of the early Roman Empire. In particular, it examines how Roman government’s policies affecting tenure on both private and state-owned land affected incentives to invest in greater productivity in agriculture. Roman policies sought to balance two competing goals, to promote the ownership of private land and with this the capacity of people to enter freely into mutually beneficial contractual relationships. At the same time, the Roman administration protected its revenues from private and state-owned land by enacting policies to protect the security of tenure of small farmers. The Roman administration, then, adopted policies that supported a wealthy landowning class across the Roman Empire, but it also pursued policies that tended to mitigate the effects of an increasing stratification of wealth.

Keywords:   land tenure, Roman law, Roman economy, investment in agriculture, tenancy, Roman taxation

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