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Land Inequality and Economic Growth: A Meta-Analysis

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Department of Economics, University of Molise, 86039 Campobasso, Italy
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Department of Economics and Law, University of Cassino, 03043 Cassino, Italy
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Department of Economics, Roma Tre University, 00145 Rome, Italy
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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4655; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124655
Received: 29 October 2018 / Revised: 1 December 2018 / Accepted: 3 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
Increasing commercial pressure on land may lead to land concentration in developing countries, especially in the context of complex systems of property rights. In this article we review through meta-analysis (MA) the econometric findings of the literature estimating the nexus between land inequality and economic growth. In particular, our MA controls for various features of the studies and for the so-called “publication bias”, and shows that land-inequality negatively affects economic growth, especially at low development levels. Analysis based on panel data, which generally imply a relatively short run perspective, typically report a lower or positive correlation between land inequality and growth, suggesting that the negative impact of land inequality emerges in the long run, possibly through credit constraints and institutional mechanisms. View Full-Text
Keywords: economic growth; land inequality; Africa; meta-analysis; meta-regression-analysis; large scale land acquisitions economic growth; land inequality; Africa; meta-analysis; meta-regression-analysis; large scale land acquisitions
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Cipollina, M.; Cuffaro, N.; D’Agostino, G. Land Inequality and Economic Growth: A Meta-Analysis. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4655.

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