Do the land-poor gain from agricultural investments? Empirical evidence from Zambia using panel data
Pelle Ahlerup () and
Sven Tengstam ()
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Pelle Ahlerup: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University, Postal: P.O. Box 640, SE 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden, http://www.economics.gu.se
No 624, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics
In the context of the global land rush, some portray large-scale land acquisitions as a potent threat to the livelihoods of already marginalized rural farming households in Africa. In order to avoid the potential pitfall of studying a particular project that may well have atypical effects, this paper systematically investigates the impact on commercial farm wage incomes for rural smallholder households of all pledged investments in the agricultural sector in Zambia between 1994 and 2007. The results suggest that agricultural investments are associated with a robust moderate positive effect, but only for households with a relative shortage of land.
Keywords: Agriculture; Investments; sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N57 O13 O16 Q12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
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