Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53013
Authors: 
Platteau, Jean-Philippe
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2002/26
Abstract: 
Customary rules governing access to land and other natural resources in village societies have characteristics that allow them to fulfil social security functions and achieve equity objectives. This is true of both common-property resources and land parcels held under individualized tenure. However, when land pressure increases under the combined influences of population growth and market integration, a shift occurs from extensive to intensive resource use patterns. As a result, the efficiency costs of erstwhile equity- and insurance-oriented arrangements rise, thus forcing them to evolve significantly. In particular, land tenure arrangements undergo a major transformation towards more individualized forms with the consequence that property rights in land are increasingly defined without regard for equity and insurance concerns.
Subjects: 
land tenure
informal insurance
equity
common property
JEL: 
O13
O17
Q15
ISBN: 
9291901717
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
229.65 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.