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Farmland Ownership Restrictions: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Peter Bell ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper explores unintended consequences of policy that restricts land ownership. I describe certain farmland investment funds that are active in Canada, policy in the Province of Saskatchewan that has restricted ownership since 1974, and how the two are related. I argue that global economic conditions from 1974-2002 created pent-up demand for Saskatchewan farmland, which led to growth in farmland investment after the restrictions were relaxed in 2002. I describe how this situation could repeat itself in the future and put policy makers into a tough situation.

Keywords: Farm; Land; Ownership; Policy; Saskatchewan; Canada (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A1 F6 Q14 Q15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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