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Land markets and migration trends in Tanzania: A qualitative‐quantitative analysis

Ayala Wineman and Lenis Saweda Liverpool‐Tasie
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Lenis Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

Development Policy Review, 2018, vol. 36, issue S2, O831-O856

Abstract: While migration has been found to enhance welfare across a range of settings, most of the literature focuses on rural‐to‐urban migrant flows. Using a unique dataset from north‐western Tanzania, this article probes an important, yet overlooked, link between land markets and rural‐to‐rural migration. A mixed‐methods approach is used to discern how these two forces are intertwined in village life. Results indicate that household decisions to migrate are particularly influenced by the ease of market‐based land access in their new communities. This suggests that labour mobility may be facilitated through the development of a well‐functioning land market.

Date: 2018
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