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Land Titling and Litigation

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Land Titling and Litigation. / Arruñada, Benito; Fabbri, Marco; Faure, Michael.

In: Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 65, No. 1, 02.2022, p. 131-156.

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Arruñada, B, Fabbri, M & Faure, M 2022, 'Land Titling and Litigation', Journal of Law and Economics, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 131-156. https://doi.org/10.1086/716756

APA

Arruñada, B., Fabbri, M., & Faure, M. (2022). Land Titling and Litigation. Journal of Law and Economics, 65(1), 131-156. https://doi.org/10.1086/716756

CBE

Arruñada B, Fabbri M, Faure M. 2022. Land Titling and Litigation. Journal of Law and Economics. 65(1):131-156. https://doi.org/10.1086/716756

MLA

Arruñada, Benito, Marco Fabbri and Michael Faure. "Land Titling and Litigation". Journal of Law and Economics. 2022, 65(1). 131-156. https://doi.org/10.1086/716756

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Arruñada B, Fabbri M, Faure M. Land Titling and Litigation. Journal of Law and Economics. 2022 Feb;65(1):131-156. doi: 10.1086/716756

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Arruñada, Benito ; Fabbri, Marco ; Faure, Michael. / Land Titling and Litigation. In: Journal of Law and Economics. 2022 ; Vol. 65, No. 1. pp. 131-156.

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