Weekly Seminar

Select Language: English Indonesia (Indonesian)

We analyze the persistent effects of the colonial property rights institutions set up by the Dutch in Indonesia. We find that historical property rights on land set up to support trade liberalization in the 1800s led to today’s spur of land conflicts in the face of increased investment. The long-overdue comprehensive land reform policy mandated since 1960 by the Indonesian government offers a potential explanation of the persistent effects of historical property rights on the land.

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