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Fragmentation of peasant land in Malaysia: transmission mechanisms and role of institutions

Khalid, Haniza (2018) Fragmentation of peasant land in Malaysia: transmission mechanisms and role of institutions. Journal of Rural Development, 37 (3 (July-September)). pp. 457-477. ISSN 0970-3357

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Abstract

The paper discusses aspects of traditional informal credit system and inter-generational land transfers and how they affect landholding structure in the Malaysian rural areas. The formal and informal institutions that supported them inevitably produce various layers of transaction costs and market imperfections in the peasant land market; such that land fragmentation is often the most rational and convenient outcome for the peasant household. The implication of this microlevel decisions is today apparent in the pattern of land-use and land values that Malaysia sees today. In its entirety, the paper should be useful in allowing one to map the right questions to explain today’s agricultural land market while answering yet others such as why current policy measures, in particular those relating to agriculture, fail to effectively address the issue of land fragmentation and decline in agricultural production and hectarage. In addition, we argue that challenges to preservation of economic land sizes vary depending on the land ownership structure i.e. private holdings, group agrarian schemes, land settlement schemes

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3350/63467
Uncontrolled Keywords: Land fragmentation, Land ownership and tenure, Agricultural institutions, Land inheritance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions > HC94 By region or country
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD1401 Agriculture
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD72 Economic growth, development, planning
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > HJ9011 Local finance
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Economics
Depositing User: Dr. Haniza Khalid
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 11:11
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2018 16:16
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/63467

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