The Effects of Land Titling on the Urban Poor: A Replication of Property Rights for the Poor

Journal of Development Studies, 2018

Posted: 8 Jan 2019 Last revised: 24 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Drew Cameron

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

Edward Whitney

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

We replicate the analysis of Sebastian Galiani and Ernesto Shargrodsky’s (GS) influential 2010 article ‘Property rights for the poor: effects of land titling’. GS use a natural experiment in a poor urban area of Buenos Aires to find that land titling increases housing investment, reduces household size, and increases child education, but does not do so through increased use of credit. The original questionnaires and raw data are not available and the existing variables provided by GS allow only a limited replication analysis. Despite these limitations, we successfully reproduce the original findings published by GS, and find these results are robust to alternative specifications. We also find heterogeneous effects regarding gender and education level of the original squatter.

Keywords: Replication, Land Ownership, Titling and Tenure, Land Reform, Saving and Capital Investment, Fertility, Family Planning, Property Rights, Natural Experiment, Urban Poverty

JEL Classification: P14, Q15, O16, J13

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Cameron, Drew and Whitney, Edward, The Effects of Land Titling on the Urban Poor: A Replication of Property Rights for the Poor (2018). Journal of Development Studies, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306575

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

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Drew Cameron

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

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Edward Whitney

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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