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Type Working Paper
Title The role of land reform in reducing poverty across Nepal
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
URL https://repository.unm.edu/bitstream/handle/1928/6943/Adhikari, Chandra_The role of land reform in​reducing poverty across Nepal.pdf?sequence=1
Abstract
Land is the main source of income and consumption for Nepalese people. This study analyses the economic relationship between access to land and poverty in Nepal by establishing the link between land and consumption as well as land and income. A generalised additive model and OLS demonstrate that greater access to land for the poor increases income and consumption and thereby reduces poverty. The significant marginal value of land of both consumption and income implies that an effective land reform policy could well be the most effective approach to alleviate rural poverty. However, land reform must come as part of a larger overhaul.

Cluster analysis shows that land reform should target appropriate subgroups within the community in order to differentiate those who would make use of the extra land from those who would not and so applying strategies to each one. It reveals the importance of subgroups in determining an appropriate strategy for tackling poverty. Three distinct groups are found within our dataset that explain most of the variation.

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