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dc.contributor.authorFenske, Jamesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-24en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-20T13:14:55Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-20T13:14:55Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/59149-
dc.description.abstractI show how abundant land and scarce labor shaped African institutions before colonial rule. I present a model in which exogenous suitability of the land for agriculture and endogenously evolving population determine the existence of land rights, slavery, and polygyny. I then use crosssectional data on pre-colonial African societies to demonstrate that, consistent with the model, the existence of land rights, slavery, and polygyny occurred in those parts of Africa that were the most suitable for agriculture, and in which population density was greatest. Next, I use the model to explain institutions among the Egba of southwestern Nigeria from 1830 to 1914. While many Egba institutions were typical of a land-abundant environment, they sold land and had disputes over it. These exceptions were the result of a period of land scarcity when the Egba first arrived at Abeokuta and of heterogeneity in the quality of land.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherYale Univ., Economic Growth Center New Haven, Conn.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCenter Discussion Paper, Economic Growth Center 981en_US
dc.subject.jelN57en_US
dc.subject.jelO10en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordAfricaen_US
dc.subject.keywordinstitutionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordland rightsen_US
dc.subject.keywordslaveryen_US
dc.subject.keywordpolygynyen_US
dc.titleDoes land abundance explain African institutions?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn613483790en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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