Title: New regulations governing land sales in Central and Eastern Europe: Imposing restrictions via particularized institutions
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC102645
ISBN: 978-92-79-61640-2
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28088 EN
OP LB-NA-28088-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC102645
DOI: 10.2788/246007
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: In response to the expiration of the transitory restrictions imposed on agricultural land acquisitions by foreigners, governments in Central and Eastern Europe have introduced new rules governing land sales transactions. Since direct restrictions on foreign investors would now be illegal under the EU treaties, the desire to preserve the status quo has resulted in limited access to land not only for foreigners but also for some groups of domestic investors. In this study, we analyze land market regulations adopted in Latvia, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. We argue that these new regulations create particularized or non-inclusive institutions. We also argue that the new land market regulations will likely result in reduced competition and thus affect land prices, sale transactions, and access to land. The market impacts are different across the four countries due to the heterogeneity in the newly adopted regulations.
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