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L’Étranger: Status, Property Rights, and Investment Incentives in Côte d’Ivoire

  • James Fenske

his study uses data from Côte d’Ivoire to show that "outsider" households have relatively small land holdings and less complete rights over land than locals. It then demonstrates a link between property rights and investment incentives by looking at the decision to leave land fallow. "Outsiders" fallow a smaller proportion of their land, indicating that their farms are left uncultivated for shorter periods. This is only partly explained by their incomplete property rights and relative land-poverty. These differences in investment patterns lead to lower yields per hectare.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 86 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 621-644

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:86:y:2010:iv:1:p:621-644
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