Aparajita Goyal is an economist at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Her research focuses on micro-economic issues of development, with a particular emphasis on technological innovation in agriculture, access to information, and intellectual property rights. Her research has been published in academic journals such as the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Development Economics, and has also been featured in popular press such as Frontline, The Economist, Times of India, amongst others. She has previously worked with ActionAid in London and the Right to Food Campaign in India. She obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008, an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 2001 and a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University in 2000.
The value of land administration information for financial development
28 Aug 2012
While the effect of improved property rights on economic development has been extensively studied, the specific relationship between better land administration information and improved credit access is understudied. This column uses evidence to demonstrate that the computerisation of land registries reduces the cost of lending and can result in expanded access to credit for urban borrowers. It lists certain factors that can dilute these positive effects and argues that these need to be managed.
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