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WP/30 Transformation of the Family under Rising Land Pressure: A Theoretical Essay

If we understand well the individualization of land tenure rules under conditions of growing land scarcity and increased market integration, much less is known about the mode of evolution of the farm-cum-family units possessing the land. Inspired by first hand evidence from West Africa, this paper argues that these units undergo the same process of individualization governed by the same forces as property rights in land. It provides a simple theoretical account of the coexistence of different forms of family when farms are heterogenous in land endowments and technology is stagnant. The paper also offers analytical insights into the sequence following which such forms succeed each other.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2011/30
Title:
WP/30 Transformation of the Family under Rising Land Pressure: A Theoretical Essay
Authors:
Catherine Guirkinger and Jean-Philippe Platteau
Publication date:
May 2011
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-395-2
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2011
Keywords:
patriarchal family, land division, Africa
JEL:
D13, O12, O13, Q15
Project:
Land Inequality and Decentralized Governance in LDCs
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development—DFID).
Format:
online

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