Land Rights and Community Cooperation: Public Goods Experiments from Peru

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Bråten, Ragnhild Haugli




World Development

vol 61, 127-141

Sammendrag (engelsk)

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.


public goods experiment; cooperation norms; land rights; community; Latin America; Peru

Prosjekt info:

Oppdragsgiver: Norges forskningsråd, Miljø2015
Oppdragsgivers prosjektnr.: 183593
Frisch prosjekt: 3171 - SAMFUNN: Norms, green agents and environmental policy