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L'Etranger: Status, Property Rights and Investment Incentives in Cote d'Ivoire


James E. Fenske


University of Oxford - Department of Economics

March 12, 2009


Abstract:     
This study uses data from Cote d'Ivoire to investigate two related questions. First, it tests whether "outsider'' households have relatively small land holdings and less complete rights over land. It finds evidence of both these deficiencies. Second, the link between property rights and investment incentives is explored through an examination of fallow investment. "Outsiders'' fallow a smaller proportion of their land, indicating that their farms are left to regenerate for a shorter period of time. This is only partly explained by their incomplete property rights and relative land-poverty. These differences in investment patterns translate into lower yields per hectare.

Keywords: Property Rights, Investment, Land Tenure

JEL Classification: O12, Q15, D23

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Date posted: August 5, 2009 ; Last revised: January 7, 2012

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Fenske, James E., L'Etranger: Status, Property Rights and Investment Incentives in Cote d'Ivoire (March 12, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1358632 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1358632

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