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Does the Recognition of Indigenous Territories Impact Household Economic Situations? Evidence from Western Panama

Gabriel Fuentes Cordoba ()

No 73, DSSR Discussion Papers from Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University

Abstract: The Government of Panama created a semi-autonomous indigenous area in 1997. The establishment of this region institutionalizes indigenous authorities and prohibits land privatization. This study investigates the effect of the recognition of common property land to indigenous groups without centralized political culture on economic performance. By using difference-in-differences approach at householdlevel data, I find that non-migrant indigenous households living in the semi-autonomous territory declined their consumption relative to their counterparts living outside. Further, indigenous households inside the treatment area are less likely to participate in agricultural market activities and they earn less monetary benefits from the market.

Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2018-01
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