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Title:Poverty and land distribution: Evidence from a natural experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Keswell, Malcolm
Carter, Michael
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2011,46
Abstract:While land reforms have long been motivated as a potential policy lever of rural growth and development, there is remarkably little evidence of the direct impacts of such reforms. In an effort to fill this lacunae, this paper examines South Africa's Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development (LRAD) program. We show that the implementation of this program operates as a natural experiment in which self-selected and administratively-filltered LRAD applicants receive land transfers at random points in time. This random exit from the application pipeline creates creates exogenous variation in treatment assignment as well as treatment duration. Exploiting both sources of exogenous variation, we estimate average and long-run treatment effects that imply a discounted gain in monthly per capita consumption of about fifty per cent after three years of exposure to the program.
Subjects:land reform
poverty
impact evaluation
JEL:O10
O12
O13
ISBN:978-92-9230-413-3
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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