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Land acquisition and industrial growth

Satya P. Das and Anuradha Saha

Indian Growth and Development Review, 2015, vol. 8, issue 2, 163-183

Abstract: Purpose - – This paper aims to understand the impact of land acquisition and the provision of rehabilitation and remuneration (R & R) transfers included in it, toward the short-run and the long-run growth of an economy as well as on the welfare of farmers and industrialists over time. Design/methodology/approach - – The authors develop a two-sector model of growth with agriculture and manufacturing in which land is an essential input to production in both sectors. Industrialists buy land from farmers and deals include R & R payments. Individuals live for one period and at its end, bequeath land and capital assets to their child. There is Hicks-neutral technical progress in each sector. Findings - – The R & R policy has no effect on the long-run sectoral growth or land allocation. While such a policy benefits the farmers initially, after a certain period, it reduces their welfare. The R & R scheme makes the industrialist worse-off in all periods. It was found that besides the standard convergence effect, land acquisition by the industrial sector increases the growth rate of capital. This may lead to non-monotonic growth rate of capital. Research limitations/implications - – The two-sector model abstracts from labor and labor markets. Hence, sectoral employment mobility or changes in the skill-wage premium over time are not captured. Originality/value - – First, this paper developed a two-sector growth model with land as a factor of production and an asset. Second, it examined growth and distributive impacts of the R & R package embodied in land transactions.

Keywords: Agriculture; Manufacturing; Growth and development strategies; Land acquisition; Rehabilitation and resettlement; O10; O14; O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1108/IGDR-06-2015-0025

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