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Land Inequality and Economic Growth: A Meta-Analysis

Maria Cipollina (), Nadia Cuffaro () and Giovanna D’Agostino ()
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Giovanna D’Agostino: Department of Economics, Roma Tre University, 00145 Rome, Italy

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 12, 1-20

Abstract: Increasing commercial pressure on land may lead to land concentration in developing countries, especially in the context of complex systems of property rights. In this article we review through meta-analysis (MA) the econometric findings of the literature estimating the nexus between land inequality and economic growth. In particular, our MA controls for various features of the studies and for the so-called “publication bias”, and shows that land-inequality negatively affects economic growth, especially at low development levels. Analysis based on panel data, which generally imply a relatively short run perspective, typically report a lower or positive correlation between land inequality and growth, suggesting that the negative impact of land inequality emerges in the long run, possibly through credit constraints and institutional mechanisms.

Keywords: economic growth; land inequality; Africa; meta-analysis; meta-regression-analysis; large scale land acquisitions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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