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Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action

Alain de Janvry, Gustavo Gordillo, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Jean-Philippe Platteau


The way jurisdiction over land is distributed among members of a community has a powerful influence over how efficiently land is used, the incidence of poverty, and the level of inequality in the community. Yet much land in less developed countries is underutilized and/or misused from a sustainability standpoint: lack of access to land or unfavorable terms of access remain a fundamental cause of poverty. In addition, unmet demands for land can be a source of political destabilization. At the same time, there presently exist unusual opportunities to reopen the issue of access to land. They incl ... More

Keywords: poverty, land access, political destabilization, land distribution, developing countries, resource management, property rights, white rule, Eastern Europe, central Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alain de Janvry, editor
University of California at Berkeley

Gustavo Gordillo, editor
FAO, Chile

Elisabeth Sadoulet, editor
University of California at Berkeley

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