Land Tenure and Allocative Efficiency in Niger

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Sarah Gavian

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marcel Fafchamps

Stanford University

Date Written: May 1996


Using field‐level data, we investigate whether traditional land tenure systems are an impediment to allocative efficiency in Niger. We find that yields are strongly influenced by the manpower available to farming households, an indication that marginal returns to labor and land are not equalized across households. We uncover no relationship between manuring and whether or not local customs allow land sales. But manuring is influenced by tenure security: farmers who cultivate both borrowed and owned fields divert manure toward the latter. Our findings do not imply that a change in land tenure system is called for.

Keywords: Africa, agricultural development, agricultural investment, fertilizer, land market, Sahel, tenure security, O130, Q120, Q150

Suggested Citation

Gavian, Sarah and Fafchamps, Marcel, Land Tenure and Allocative Efficiency in Niger (May 1996). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 78, Issue 2, pp. 460-471, 1996, Available at SSRN: or

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Marcel Fafchamps

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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