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Land reform and poverty reduction in Venezuela
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This work studies land reform in Venezuela with emphasis on the Land Law of 2001. The aim is to determine whether the law has the potential to reduce poverty. There seems to be an inverse relationship between farm size and productivity that to a great extent depends on market imperfections for the agricultural production factors land, capital and labour. Therefore, a land reform may increase agricultural productivity and reduce rural inequality and poverty. The paper shows that there have been several attempts to redistribute land in Venezuela since 1960 with little success. The land is still very unequally distributed. The law of 2001 is a new attempt that primarily calls for improvement of unproductive large land holdings either through confiscation and redistribution or through taxation The discussions here suggest that this new law may hardly help the poor in Venezuela.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nationalekonomiska institutionen , 2003. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
Business and economics
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-3965OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-3965DiVA: diva2:128966
Available from: 2003-12-29 Created: 2003-12-29

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