Land Tenure and Productivity in Agriculture: The Case of the Stolypin Reform in Late Imperial Russia

Paul Castaaeda Dower, Andrei Markevich
2013 Social Science Research Network  
We study the effect of improvements in peasants' land tenure, launched by the Stolypin reform, on agricultural productivity in late imperial Russia. The reform allowed peasants to obtain land titles and consolidate plots. We find that land consolidations increased productivity. We argue that changes in peasant de facto land usage rights caused this effect. In contrast, the titling component of the reform was associated with a decrease in land productivity. We present evidence that this negative
more » ... effect was driven by transaction costs to exit the commune and the outflow of labor from the countryside. 3 1. Introduction.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2361860 fatcat:zfahav56cza2jbmfvpwpsyrdw4