Insights / Research BriefMar 22, 2024

Fallow Lengths and the Structure of Property Rights

Etienne Le Rossignol, Sara Lowes, Eduardo Montero
Places where land needs to be fallowed for longer periods are more likely to have communal property rights, both historically and presently. World Bank land titling interventions are less effective in places with longer fallow requirements, and longer fallow periods are associated with less inequality, less conflict, and greater resilience to negative shocks.