Property Rights, Land Disputes and Water Scarcity: Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia

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Salvatore Di Falco

University of Geneva - Department of Economics

Jérémy Laurent‐Lucchetti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gunnar Köhlin

Göteborg University - Department of Economics

Marcella Veronesi

University of Verona - Department of Economics; Center for Development and Cooperation (NADEL)

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

This article investigates the relationship between insecure property rights and land disputes using farm household panel data from the highlands of Ethiopia. Our identification strategy relies on the gradual rollout of a land certification program. We find that tenure security significantly reduces the likelihood for a farm household to experience land disputes. We further document that water scarcity during the rainy seasons is an important determinant of land disputes. However, farm households that have been certified are significantly less likely to experience land disputes triggered by water scarcity than farm households without land certification.

Keywords: Property rights, land disputes, water scarcity, conflicts, Ethiopia

Suggested Citation

Di Falco, Salvatore and Laurent‐Lucchetti, Jérémy and Kohlin, Gunnar and Veronesi, Marcella, Property Rights, Land Disputes and Water Scarcity: Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia (January 2020). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 102, Issue 1, pp. 54-71, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3558960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aaz036

Salvatore Di Falco (Contact Author)

University of Geneva - Department of Economics ( email )

102 Bd Carl Vogt
Geneva 4, 1211
Switzerland

Jérémy Laurent‐Lucchetti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gunnar Kohlin

Göteborg University - Department of Economics ( email )

Göteborg
Sweden

Marcella Veronesi

University of Verona - Department of Economics ( email )

Via Cantarane 24
Verona, 37129
Italy

Center for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) ( email )

Zürichbergstrasse 18
8092 Zurich, CH-1015
Switzerland

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