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An Innovative Approach to Land Registration in the Developing World

December 3, 2014 in Economics

In all nation states, governments claim the right to control and regulate land use and to allocate land rights within their sovereign territory. However, in most poor countries, the actual practices on the ground differ substantially from the government’s records and rules. A new paper by Peter F. Schaefer and Clayton Schaefer suggests that informal communities and support organizations can and should engage in self-registration of property and transactions, in essence bypassing incompetent, inefficient, or hostile land registry bureaucracies, until they reach the critical mass necessary to achieve formal recognition of their land rights.

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