Land Rights and Community Cooperation: Public Goods Experiments from Peru
Joint land rights in peasant communities are often held to preserve cooperation norms better than individual land rights. This study uses contributions in public goods experiments as a measure of cooperation norms in 15 jointly- or individually-owned peasant communities in the Peruvian Andes. Cooperation norms are significantly stronger in joint-ownership communities, when controlling for relevant exogenous variables. This effect is found only among men, who are considered the main landholders in a household and are thus more likely to respond to the incentives provided by the land right system.
Bråten, Ragnhild Haugli
public goods experiment; cooperation norms; land rights; community; Latin America; Peru