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Professor Emeritus Conner Bailey of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology has been invited to present results of his research at a conference on "heir property" sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on June 15.

Heir property refers to property passed down across generations in the absence of a probated will. The absence of collateral value and other constraints associated with clouded title of such property affects millions of acres of land worth billions of dollars and represents an underlying cause of poverty among African Americans in the demographically-defined Black Belt region of the South.

Similar problems confront other populations in the U.S., including Hispanics, Native Americans, and white Appalachians, who historically have had limited access to legal services such as preparation of wills. The title of Bailey's talk is "Estimates of African American Heirs’ Property in Black Belt South."