Marie Michael Library

Title

Breathing life into dead theories about property rights: de Soto and land relations in rural Africa

Author

Nyamu-Musembi, Celestine

Description

In the early 1990s, there was a presumption of a direct casual link between formalisation of property rights and economic productivity. The work of Hernando de Soto has revived this theory. De Soto argues that formal property rights hold the key to poverty reduction by unlocking the capital potential of assets held informally by poor people. This paper argues shortcomings in both the old and contemporary arguments for formalisation of land title.

File No

IDS-WP272

Agency

Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Date

Oct-06

Subject(s)

Property rights, Agriculture, Poverty reduction, Land tenure

Pages

27

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