Impacts of Low-Cost Land Certification on Investment and Productivity

Posted: 27 Apr 2009

See all articles by Stein T. Holden

Stein T. Holden

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Klaus Deininger

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Hosaena Hagos Ghebru

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU); Mekelle University

Date Written: 2008-09

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Holden, Stein T. and Deininger, Klaus and Ghebru, Hosaena Hagos, Impacts of Low-Cost Land Certification on Investment and Productivity (2008-09). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 91, Issue 2, pp. 359-373, May 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1375805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2008.01241.x

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Hosaena Hagos Ghebru

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Mekelle University

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