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Type Journal Article - World Development
Title The food (in)security impact of land redistribution in South Africa: Microeconometric evidence from national data
Volume 37
Issue 9
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 1540 -1553
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X09000187
Summary The South African land-reform program has been widely criticized for its slow pace as well as its apparent lack of contribution to poverty reduction. No econometric evidence of the impact of land transfers has been provided to date and this paper attempts to fill this gap by considering the impact of receiving a land grant on households’ food insecurity. Propensity score matching and univariate probit estimates using two national household surveys indicate that, on average, land grant recipients are more food insecure than comparable non-participants. Recursive bivariate probit estimates suggest that selection bias is not driving this result.

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