Gold and silver mining in the 16th and 17th centuries, land titles and agricultural productivity

Islam, Md. Rabiul, Madsen, Jakob B. and Raschky, Paul A. 2015, Gold and silver mining in the 16th and 17th centuries, land titles and agricultural productivity, European journal of political economy, vol. 39, pp. 150-166, doi: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2015.04.013.

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Title Gold and silver mining in the 16th and 17th centuries, land titles and agricultural productivity
Author(s) Islam, Md. Rabiul
Madsen, Jakob B.
Raschky, Paul A.
Journal name European journal of political economy
Volume number 39
Start page 150
End page 166
Total pages 17
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-09-01
ISSN 0176-2680
Keyword(s) Agricultural productivity
Forced labo
Land titles
Summary Although agricultural productivity is critical for economic development very little is known about the causes of the large dispersion in agricultural productivity across the world. Microeconomic studies increasingly stress the lack of land rights in many poor countries as an important source of low productivity. This paper examines the role played by land titles in explaining differences in agricultural productivity for 93 countries. Using the per capita accumulated value of gold and silver production in the 16th and 17th centuries as instruments for land rights it is shown that enforcement of land titles is a significant source of agricultural productivity inequality across the world.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2015.04.013
Field of Research 140202 Economic Development and Growth
Socio Economic Objective 910103 Economic Growth
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074147

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