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Working PaperInstitutional differences across resource-based economies
To predict economic success and failure, academics and policymakers alike are interested in the differences in institutional structures across natural resource-based economies...Economic growth Economics Political science
Working PaperLand issues in Vietnam 2006–14: Markets, property rights, and investment
This paper uses five waves of the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) to analyse land issues in Viet Nam from a number of different angles...Household survey Households Land tenure
Journal ArticleProperty Rights and Productivity: the Case of Joint Land-Titling in Vietnam
This paper explores the effect of land titling on agricultural productivity in Vietnam and the productivity effects of single versus joint titling for husband and wife...Agriculture Economic development Land use
Journal ArticlePolitical Connections and Land-Related Investment in Rural Vietnam
Part of Journal Special Issue Land and Property RightsCredit Informal sector (Economics) Investments
Journal ArticleTrees, Tenure and Conflict: Rubber in Colonial Benin
Part of Journal Special Issue Land and Property RightsAgricultural industries Land reform Land tenure
Journal ArticleLand Acquisition for Industrialization and Compensation of Displaced Farmers
Part of Journal Special Issue Land and Property RightsCompensation management Industrialization Land tenure
Working PaperCambodia’s Land Management and Administration Project
This paper presents the case of World Bank support to the mass titling component of the Cambodia Land Management and Administration Project...Agriculture Land tenure Laws and legislation (Land use)
Book ChapterWhy Are the Elite in China Motivated and Able to Promote Growth?
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentCommunist state Economic development Political science
Working PaperThe Dynamics of Land Titling Regularization and Market Development
We study the effects of titles on parcel valuation and urban land market development (real estate transfers, rentals, and mortgages), and the dynamics of deregularization by exploiting a natural experiment in the allocation of land titles to very poo...Deregulation Land reform Land tenure
Working PaperSecurity of Property Rights for Whom?
Recent research regarding property rights and economic development often treats property rights security in a country as homogeneous, although protecting the private entitlements of some can entail preventing others from claiming and controlling thos...Equality and inequality Law Minorities
Working PaperInstitutional Reforms Debate and FDI Flows to MENA Region: Does One ‘Best’ Fit All?
The paper revisits the policy debate on institutional reform approaches to property rights protection and empirically examines it in the context of FDI flows to the Middle East and Northern Africa region (MENA)...Institutional economics International trade Investments, Foreign
Working PaperPolitical Connections and Investment in Rural Vietnam
This paper uses household panel data from rural Vietnam to explore the effects of having a relative in a position of political or bureaucratic power on farmers’ agricultural investment decisions...Credit Informal sector (Economics) Investments
Working PaperLand Acquisition for Industrialization and Compensation of Displaced Farmers
This paper addresses the question of how farmers displaced by acquisition of agricultural land for the purpose of industrialization ought to be compensated...Compensation management Industrialization Land tenure
Journal ArticleThe Forgotten Property Rights: Evidence on Land Use Rights in Vietnam
Studies of land property rights usually focus on tenure security and transfer rights. Rights to determine how to use the land are regularly ignored. However, user rights are often limited...Credit Informal sector (Economics) Investments
Working PaperTrees, Tenure and Conflict: Rubber in Colonial Benin
Tree crops have changed land tenure in Africa. Farmers have acquired more permanent, alienable rights, but have also faced disputes with competing claimants and the state...Agricultural industries Land reform Land tenure
Working PaperWhy Are the Elite in China Motivated to Promote Growth?
Rapid economic development in China in the post-1978 era has been considered 'intriguing' and 'puzzling' since it occurred under the dominance of the Chinese Communist Party – the fusion of politics and economics is supposed to ...Communist state Economic development Political science