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Evolving Practice in Land Demarcation

Benito Arruñada ()

No 1043, Working Papers from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Abstract: This paper analyzes social choice with respect to the demarcation of land boundaries, distinguishing between physical and legal demarcation. In contrast with the influential “land administration” literature and the World Bank’s policy guidelines, the analysis supports voluntary—instead of mandatory—demarcation as well as non-integrated services for land administration. Consistent with these theoretical arguments, the paper empirically verifies that demarcation conflicts play a lesser role in title-, land- and property-related litigation, which seems to increase in all these areas after physical demarcation is made mandatory. Relying on World Bank data, it also observes that linking and merging cadastres and land registries does not correlate with lower transaction costs.

Keywords: land; Property; boundaries; surveying; cadastres; land registry; land administration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 K11 K25 K34 K41 L85 O17 O18 Q15 Q24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-05
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