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Reassessing the interaction between investment and tenure uncertainty

Robinson, E. J. Z. ORCID: (2005) Reassessing the interaction between investment and tenure uncertainty. Environment and Development Economics, 10 (2). pp. 143-157. ISSN 1355-770X

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A diverse body of empirical literature recognizes that investment can influence tenure security, yet this phenomenon has rarely been examined analytically. This paper develops a theoretical model that demonstrates explicitly conditions under which the probability of eviction is endogenous to investment undertaken on illegally encroached land. By accommodating explicitly the government's objective function and its ability to commit credibly to an eviction policy, the model reveals why both those farmers who under-invest, and those who raise their investment levels to improve tenure security, may be behaving rationally. Indeed, both types of behaviour are accommodated within a single model.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
ID Code:31589
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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