Biennial Prize to the Best Article published in Economic History of Developing Regions

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Biennial Best Article Prize

Economic History of Developing Regions

About the prize

The Biennial Prize to the Best Article published in Economic History of Developing Regions is an award offered every two years to honour outstanding scholarship of a researcher or researchers, in the case of a co-published article. The Best Article is selected by the members of the Editorial Board from the previous two years’ EHDR issues. Articles written by emerging researchers are given priority in the selection process.

The Best Article award serves as a recognition of outstanding scholarship, to encourage high quality submissions from emerging scholars to EHDR, and to promote the academic profile of such scholars.

Founded in 2010 by the Economic History Society of Southern Africa (EHSSA) as a continuation of the former South African Journal of Economic History (1982-2009), EHDR promotes the study of economic change in the developing world, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, providing an innovative research forum that explores the influence of historical events on economic development beyond the industrialized core. The Journal appears three times a year and is published by EHSSA and Taylor & Francis.

The authors of the selected article will be jointly awarded a prize of £200 in the form of a Routledge/Taylor & Francis book voucher.

Announcement: Winner of 2020 Award

The 2020 winners of the award for the Best Article published in EHDR in 2018-19 are Drs. Tawanda Chingozha and Dieter von Fintel, for their article entitled “The Complementarity Between Property Rights and Market Access for Crop Cultivation in Southern Rhodesia: Evidence from Historical Satellite Data”. Responding to the key issue of the role of the recognition of property rights through land titling, this paper investigates access to markets as an important pre-condition for land titles to result in agricultural growth. Using the case of Southern Rhodesia, the article investigates whether land titles incentivised African large-scale holders in the Native Purchase Areas (NPAs) to put more of their available land under cultivation than their counterparts in the overcrowded Tribal Trust Areas (TTAs). The authors created a novel dataset by applying a Support Vector Machine (SVM) learning algorithm on Landsat imagery for the period 1972 to 1984 – the period during which the debate on the nexus between land rights and agricultural production intensified. Their results indicate that land titles are only beneficial when farmers are located closer to main cities, main roads and rail stations or sidings.

The members of the EHDR Editorial Board found Chingozha and Von Fintel’s article clearly innovative in terms of data and method, and expanding our knowledge on a question of immense importance in African development.

The EHDR’s Editorial Board congratulates Drs. Chingozha and Von Fintel.

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