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Burgess (2004) Asset Redistribution where but paper suggests that providing access to land may be central to current attempts to tackle hunger in the modern world Set-up – representative household data from State Statistical Bureau Table 1 – looks at two provinces which have rapidly diverged since onset of rural reforms in 1978 and 1990– Jiangsu rich and diversiFed, Sichuan poor and heavily dependent on agriculture Want to know whether land allocation system differs in these two settings under Household Responsibility System (HRS) adopted from 1978, village governments are de jure owners of land and autonomously decide how it is allocated to households Village land zoned by quality and then village meetings convened to de- cide allocation – bargaining process – each household has multiple plots spread across zones – households enter into 15 year contracts to farm land – village govern-
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Unformatted text preview: ment retains right to adjust allocations To see what factors determine how much land a household receives we look at regressions of the form: A h = α + J ∑ j = 1 γ j n j + λ n c > 2 + δ z + u Table 2 – includes village Fxed effects so we are looking at allocations within villages universal access: virtually all household in both Sichuan and Jiangsu re-ceive some land to farm land transfer to household ( A h ) resembles demogrant – determined by de-mographic composition of the household which is proxy of nutritional need allocations to children 0-4, 5-9 and 10-14 constitute about 0.23, 0.55-0.6 and 0.75-0.88 of transfers to farm adults, elderly and non-agricultural adult 15-Development Economics, LSE Summer School 2007 85...
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