Munich Personal RePEc Archive

Does land abundance explain African institutions?

Fenske, James (2011): Does land abundance explain African institutions?

There is a more recent version of this item available.
[thumbnail of MPRA_paper_34862.pdf]

Download (1MB) | Preview


I show that abundant land and scarce labor shaped African institutions before colonial rule. I test a model in which exogenous land quality and endogenous population determine the existence of land rights and slavery. I use cross-sectional data on a global sample of societies to demonstrate that, as in the model, land rights occurred where land quality was high and where population density was greatest. Slavery existed where land was good and population density was intermediate. The model can explain institutional differences across regions, but not within regions. I present suggestive evidence that this is due to institutional spillovers.

Available Versions of this Item

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact us: mpra@ub.uni-muenchen.de

This repository has been built using EPrints software.

MPRA is a RePEc service hosted by Logo of the University Library LMU Munich.