Land Accumulation Dynamics in Developing Country Agriculture

The Journal of Development Studies, 2015

Posted: 8 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Heath Henderson

Drake University

Leonardo Corral

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Date Written: Juy 10, 2015

Abstract

Understanding land accumulation dynamics is relevant for policy-makers interested in the economic effects of land inequality in developing country agriculture. We thus explore and simultaneously test the leading theories of micro-level land accumulation dynamics using unique panel data from Paraguay. The results suggest that farm growth varies systematically with farm size – a formal rejection of stochastic growth theories (that is, Gibrat’s Law) – and that titled land area may have considerable influence on land accumulation. Furthermore, our estimates indicate that a dualistic agrarian structure is the likely product of the unfettered operation of land markets.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Henderson, Heath and Corral, Leonardo, Land Accumulation Dynamics in Developing Country Agriculture (Juy 10, 2015). The Journal of Development Studies, 2015 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306592

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

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Heath Henderson

Drake University ( email )

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Leonardo Corral

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20577
United States

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