The Political Economy of Land and Water Grabs |

The Political Economy of Land and Water Grabs

Synopsis:

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. A comparison between 17 SSA countries with heavy "grab" activity and 27 others with lower levels of activity reveals that "grab targets" have the same or better governance and water resources, a finding that contradicts a hypothesis that these deals are harmful grabs but supports one that they are beneficial FDI. Deals called "grabs" may not be.

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Speaker(s):

Dr. David Zetland, Senior Water Economist, Department of Environmental Economics and Natural Resources, Wageningen University in the Netherlands

Date:
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Time:
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-5,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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