Land Rights and Economic Development: Evidence from Vietnam

28 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2004

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Quy-Toan Do

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Lakshmi Iyer

University of Notre Dame

Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

Do and Iyer examine the impact of land reform in Vietnam which gives households the power to exchange, transfer, lease, inherit, and mortgage their land-use rights. The authors expect this change to increase the incentives as well as the ability to undertake long-term investments on the part of households. Their difference-in-differences estimation strategy takes advantage of the variation across provinces in the issuance of land-use certificates needed to enforce these rights.

The results indicate that the additional land rights led to significant increases in the share of total area devoted to multi-year crops, as well as some increase in irrigation investment. These effects are stronger in areas that felt the impact of the land reform earlier.

This paper - a product of the Poverty Team, Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to investigate the impact of property rights.

Suggested Citation

Do, Quy Toan and Iyer, Lakshmi, Land Rights and Economic Development: Evidence from Vietnam (May 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3120. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=445220

Quy Toan Do (Contact Author)

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Lakshmi Iyer

University of Notre Dame ( email )

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