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Land Valuation and Perceptions of Land Sales Prohibition in Ethiopia

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  • Holden , Stein

    () (Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

  • Bezu, Sosina

    (Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

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This study investigates attitudes towards legalizing land sales and Willingness to Accept (WTA) sales prices and compensation prices for land among smallholder households in four different areas in the Oromia and SNNP Regions in the southern highlands of Ethiopia. Household panel data from 2007 and 2012 are used. The large majority of the sample prefers land sales to remain illegal, and the resistance to legalizing land sales increased from 2007 to 2012. In the same period, perceived median real land values increased sharply but also exhibit substantial local variation. Land loss aversion is associated with higher land values and less willingness to sell land if land sales were to become legal. The substantial increase in perceived land values, high economic growth and outmigration of youth have yet to persuade the rural population in southern Ethiopia to open the land sales market.

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  • Holden , Stein & Bezu, Sosina, 2014. "Land Valuation and Perceptions of Land Sales Prohibition in Ethiopia," CLTS Working Papers 12/14, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Centre for Land Tenure Studies.
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    1. Galina Nikolayevna Barsukova & Nikolai Mikhailovich Radchevskiy & Natalia Rafailovna Saifetdinova & Yuriy Iosifovich Bershitskiy & Petr Filippovich Paramonov, 2016. "Problems and Prospects of the Land Market Development in Russia," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 6(4), pages 1981-1997.

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    Keywords

    land sale; land values; compensation values; household perceptions; Southern Ethiopia;

    JEL classification:

    • P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land

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