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Burgess (2004) Asset Redistribution ture it is a big issue – link between lack of access to land and hunger – the motivation for Mao land reforms – effect of reforms felt in system of land allocation we observe in China in 1990 – Mao’s legacy – universal and egalitarian access to land this institutional feature sets China apart from other low income countries institution has persisted during period of rapid market development the paper exploit non-market allocation to map out the different pathways through which access to land can affect hunger the paper found that land exerts an inFuence on calorie consumption both through the income it generates as well as by acting as a cheaper source of calories own-price effect important relative to income effect – interesting policy
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Unformatted text preview: implications (1) problem of market incompleteness in food markets likely to be widespread in poor countries (2) where markets are underdeveloped, having access to land enables house-holds to avoid hunger both by providing them with a source of income but also by providing them with a “cheaper” source of calories relative to the market. (3) market development will make access to land less important for achiev-ing suf±cient calorie consumption – happening rapidly (4) removal of procurement system or raising of procurement prices would be bene±cial (5) results help us to understand how China has managed to escape the high levels of hunger which typify low income countries (see Table 3 and 4) Development Economics, LSE Summer School 2007 95...
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course ECO 307 taught by Professor Dublin during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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