A Theory of Urban Squatting and Land-Tenure Formalization in Developing Countries

@article{Brueckner2008ATO,
  title={A Theory of Urban Squatting and Land-Tenure Formalization in Developing Countries},
  author={Jan K. Brueckner and Harris Selod},
  journal={ERN: Analytical Models (Topic)},
  year={2008}
}
This paper offers a new theoretical approach to urban squatting, reflecting the view that squatters and formal residents compete for land within a city. The key implication of this view is that squatters ``squeeze" the formal market, raising the price paid by formal residents. The squatter organizer, however, ensures that this squeezing is not too severe, since otherwise the formal price will rise to a level that invites eviction by landowners (defensive expenditures by squatter households also… Expand
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