UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

ARE at AAEA: Aleksandr Michuda: Political Contributions and the Case of South African Land Reform

July 31, 2018

Time: 2:45–4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7
Location: Washington Room


Redistributive land reform has been used to alleviate issues of rural poverty, but its detractors have political incentives to delay or stop its implementation. The model posed here shows that a land reform's full welfare benefits cannot be captured through a democratic process. Moreover, the political sphere is linked to the economic one both as a source of funds for passing reforms (economic to political) and as reforms that change rural livelihoods (political to economic). Using South Africa as a contextual guide, the model makes sense of the implementation of land reform as well as the underlying mechanisms that might be driving its success or failure.

*This is information about one of the 17 people from ARE with a presentation at the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting Aug. 5–7 in Washington, D.C.


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