International Development Planning Review

Land liberalisation and sustainable development in Latin America: Unravelling the land sales market of Santa Cruz, Bolivia

International Development Planning Review (2003), 25, (3), 245–262.

Abstract

This article analyses the implications of land liberalisation for sustainable development. More specifically, an effort is made to clarify the functioning of land sales markets in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and assess the potential of such markets to contribute to poverty alleviation, agricultural development and sustainable land use. It deals with such questions as: Who are the main land dealers, and how do they behave? What are the main patterns of selling or purchase, and what factors determine the dynamics of land transfers? And to what extent does this result in a more equal distribution of the land, and a more efficient (and environmentally less harmful) land use?

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