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Land tenure and the management of land and trees: the case of customary land tenure areas of Ghana

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  • Otsuka, Keijiro
  • Quisumbing, Agnes R.
  • Payongayong, Ellen
  • Aidoo, J.B.

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This study explores the effects of land tenure institutions on land use and management using household date from cocoa growing areas of Ghana. Various land tenure institutions with different land rights coexist in our sites, such as allocated family land, inherited land, appropriated village land, and land received as gift. While tree planting and the decision to leave land fallow may be affected by land tenure status, there are no significant differences in labor allocation and revenue of both cocoa and food crops among parcels under different land tenure institutions. These results support the hypothesis that management incentives of cocoa fields, but not food crop fields, tend to be equalized due to the incentive-enhancing effects of granting secure land rights after efforts to plant cocoa trees are expended.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 8 (2003)
Issue (Month): 01 (February)
Pages: 77-104

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Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:8:y:2003:i:01:p:77-104_00

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  1. Puppim de Oliveira, Jose Antonio, 2008. "Property rights, land conflicts and deforestation in the Eastern Amazon," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 10(5), pages 303-315, April.
  2. Abdulai, Awudu & Owusu, Victor & Goetz, Renan, 2011. "Land tenure differences and investment in land improvement measures: Theoretical and empirical analyses," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(1), pages 66-78, September.
  3. Michael Grimm & Stephan Klasen, 2009. "Endogenous Institutional Change and Economic Development: A Micro-Level Analysis of Transmission Channels," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 14, Courant Research Centre PEG.
  4. Fenske, James, 2011. "Land tenure and investment incentives: Evidence from West Africa," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(2), pages 137-156, July.

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