Legal Knowledge and Economic Development: The Case of Land Rights in Uganda

33 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Klaus Deininger

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

Daniel Ayalew

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Takashi Yamano

World Bank - Africa; Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Date Written: March 1, 2006

Abstract

Mixed evidence on the impact of formal title in much of Africa is often used to question the relevance of dealing with land policy issues in this continent. The authors use data from Uganda to assess the impact of a disaggregated set of rights on investment, productivity, and land values, and to test the hypothesis that individuals' lack of knowledge of the new law reduces their tenure security. Results point toward strong and positive effects of greater tenure security and transferability. Use of exogenous knowledge of its provisions as a proxy for the value of the land law suggests that this piece of legislation had major economic benefits that remain to be fully realized.

Keywords: Municipal Housing and Land, Real Estate Development, Agricultural Knowledge & Information Systems, Rural Land Policies for Poverty Reduction, Land Use and Policies

Suggested Citation

Deininger, Klaus and Ayalew, Daniel and Yamano, Takashi, Legal Knowledge and Economic Development: The Case of Land Rights in Uganda (March 1, 2006). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3868, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=922994

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Daniel Ayalew

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Takashi Yamano

World Bank - Africa ( email )

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Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

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