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Impacts of Low-Cost Land Certification on Investment and Productivity

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  • Stein T. Holden
  • Klaus Deininger
  • Hosaena Ghebru

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New land reforms are again high on the policy agenda and low-cost, propoor reforms are being tested in poor countries. This article assesses the investment and productivity impacts of the recent low-cost land certification implemented in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, using a unique household and farm-plot-level panel data set, with data from before and up to eight years after the reform. Alternative econometric methods were used to test and control for endogeneity of certification and for unobserved household heterogeneity. Significant positive impacts were found, including effects on the maintenance of soil conservation structures, investment in trees, and land productivity. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 91 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 359-373

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:91:y:2007:i:2:p:359-373

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  1. Holden, Stein T. & Deininger, Klaus & Ghebru, Hosaena, 2011. "Can Land Rregistration and Certification Reduce Land Border Conflicts?," CLTS Working Papers 5/11, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  2. Maarten J. Voors & Erwin H. Bulte, 2008. "Unbundling Institutions at the Local Level: Conflict, Institutions and Income in Burundi," HiCN Working Papers 49, Households in Conflict Network.
  3. World Bank, 2012. "Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia : Options for Strengthening Land Administration," World Bank Other Operational Studies 2721, The World Bank.
  4. Tatwangire, Alex & Holden, Stein T., 2011. "Welfare Effects of Market Friendly Land Reforms in Uganda," CLTS Working Papers 2/11, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  5. Holden, Stein & Xu, Jintao & Jiang, Xuemei, 2011. "Collective versus Individual Property: Tenure Security and Forest Tenure Reforms in China," CLTS Working Papers 4/11, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  6. Mekonnen, Alemu & Ghebru, Hosaena & Holden, Stein & Kassie, Menale, 2012. "Impact of land certification on tree growing on private plots of rural households: Evidence from Ethiopia," CLTS Working Papers 3/12, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  7. Bezu, Sosina & Holden, Stein, 2013. "Unbundling Land Administrative Reform: Demand for Second Stage Land Certification in Ethiopia," CLTS Working Papers 3/13, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  8. Holden, Stein T. & Deininger, Klaus W. & Ghebru, Hosaena H., 2009. "Gender, Low-cost Land Certification, and Land Rental Market Participation," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51575, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  9. Ghebru, Hosaena H. & Holden, Stein T., 2012. "Reverse-Share-Tenancy and Marshallian Inefficiency: Bargaining Power of Landowners and the Sharecropper’s Productivity," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126883, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  10. Bezabih, Mintewab & Holden, Stein & Mannberg, Andrea, 2012. "The Role of Land Certification in Reducing Gender Gaps in Productivity in Rural Ethiopia," CLTS Working Papers 1/12, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  11. Holden, Stein T. & Ghebru, Hosaena, 2011. "Household Welfare Effects of Low-cost Land Certification in Ethiopia," CLTS Working Papers 3/11, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  12. Mekonnen, Alemu & Damte, Abebe, 2011. "Private Trees as Household Assets and Determinants of Tree-Growing Behavior in Rural Ethiopia," Discussion Papers dp-11-14-efd, Resources For the Future.
  13. Lambert, Sylvie & Ravallion, Martin & van de Walle, Dominique, 2011. "Is it what you inherited or what you learnt ? Intergenerational linkage and interpersonal inequality in Senegal," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5658, The World Bank.
  14. Abebe Damte & Steven F. Koc, 2011. "Property Rights, Institutions and Source of Fuel Wood in Rural Ethiopia," Working Papers 245, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  15. Hagos, Hosaena Gebru & Holden, Stein T., 2013. "Reverse-share-tenancy and Marshallian Inefficiency: Landowners’ bargaining power and sharecroppers’ productivity," IFPRI discussion papers 1270, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  16. Deininger, Klaus, 2010. "Towards sustainable systems of land administration: Recent evidence and challenges for Africa," African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, African Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 5(1), September.
  17. Holden, Stein & Otsuka, Keijiro, 2013. "The Roles of Land Tenure Reforms and Land Markets in the Context of Population Growth and Land Use Intensification in Africa," CLTS Working Papers 15/13, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  18. Holden, Stein & Bezu, Sosina, 2013. "Joint Land Certification and Intra-household Decision-making:Towards Empowerment of Wives?," CLTS Working Papers 14/13, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  19. Tatwangire, Alex & Holden, Stein T., 2009. "Modes of Land Access and Welfare Impacts in Uganda," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51635, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  20. Stefania Lovo, 2013. "Tenure insecurity and investment in soil conservation. Evidence from Malawi," Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Papers 114, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

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