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Land Titles and Conflicts in Guatemala

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  • Karen Macours

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This paper analyzes the impact of formal property rights on plot use and credit access in 20 communities in Guatemala, and shows how these impacts differ depending on the community conflict context. The paper proposes a new instrument based on detailed information about the geographic location of the plots and historical titling processes to address the endogeneity concerns that are common in the property rights literature. The paper sheds light on whether the effect of land titles on plot use and credit access varies with the prevalence of conflicts and different types of conflict resolution mechanisms. The findings suggest that these factors might be crucial to understand the potential impacts on plot use of possible titling programs.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 2017.

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Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:2017

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Keywords: Land titling; Conflicts; Latin America;

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