Moving the Land Reform Agenda Forward in South Africa

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Land reform, including land redistribution, can be smart government policy, according to a new op-ed by AMA Innovation Lab director Michael Carter and UC Davis development economist Julian May in South Africa's Daily Maverick. Over the last decade, Carter and May have studied a South Africa land redistribution program and found that it has had significantly positive impacts, including raising living standards for poor families by almost 50 percent in just a few years. 

"Not surprisingly, this kind of programme has much more bang for the buck than money invested in programs that transfer only cash," Carter and May write. "Per-government dollar spent, land reform generated six times more long-term poverty reduction than welfare programmes." 

Read the full article at the Daily Maverick.