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Land tenure differences and investment in land improvement measures: Theoretical and empirical analyses

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  • Abdulai, Awudu
  • Owusu, Victor
  • Goetz, Renan

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This article develops a theoretical framework to examine the relationship between land tenure arrangements and households' investment in soil-improving and conservation measures. It then analyzes this relationship with a multivariate probit model based on detailed plot-level data from villages in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. A major hypothesis tested is that investment in productivity-enhancing and conservation techniques are influenced by land tenure arrangements. The theoretical analysis and empirical results generally reveal that land tenure differences significantly influence farmers' decisions to invest in land-improving and conservation measures. The findings also show that tenure security does affect farm productivity.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 96 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 66-78

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:96:y:2011:i:1:p:66-78

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Keywords: Land tenure Property rights Investment Optimal control Farm productivity;

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  5. Linda Kleemann, 2012. "Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Africa: An Overview," Kiel Working Papers 1812, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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