The Collapse Of Zimbabwe In The Wake Of The 2000-2003 Land Reforms

Craig Richardson



In the early years after its independence, Zimbabwe seemed poised to be an African success story, with its vast wealth of minerals and rich farmland, and its continued investment in education and health care. However, after the government seized wealthy commercial farmland in 2000, Zimbabwe quickly went from a place of hope to one of the grimmest places on Earth, with foreign investors fleeing, life expectancies dropping and hyperinflation looming. Despite the agricultural sector only commanding fifteen percent of the economy, this book argues that the perceived and actual lack of secure property rights caused a series of cascading and harmful economic effects throughout Zimbabwe.


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Craig Richardson is currently an associate professor of economics at Salem College, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has worked for both The Urban Institute and The World Bank in Washington, D.C.