Abstract

We propose simple empirical insights to analyze the relationship between the value of the safety net embedded in land and households’ decision to sell land. Land sales may differ from other kinds of land transactions such as rental, free loans, and gifts in terms of future capacities to safeguard livelihood. Households well insured through nonland riskcoping mechanisms are expected to make use of sales more frequently than others. We test this hypothesis with 2006 survey data from Vietnam and find that selling households are less vulnerable, better educated, and richer than those that use other transfer types.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-8325
Print ISSN
0023-7639
Pages
pp. 460-478
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-13
Open Access
No
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