24 Feb 2012

The political economy of land and water grabs

Jennifer and I just completed a draft chapter for a forthcoming book on land grabs.

We discuss the impact of corruption as a contributing factor to "land grabs" in SSA and examine land grab deals by country pairs to identify which deals may be grabs and which may be normal FDI. Most deals are made by corrupt selling countries but buying countries vary in their corruption, indicating that some of these deals may be misclassified FDI. We also examine the potential for over-exploitation of water resources in these countries. Sudan, with high corruption and strained water resources, is likely to suffer the most from land grabs..
We'd love to get your feedback on it (ASAP).


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