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Land rights and economic development - evidence from Viet Nam, Volume 1
Author:Quy-Toan Do; Lakshmi Iyer; Country:Vietnam;
Date Stored:2003/09/23Document Date:2003/08/31
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Municipal Housing and Land; Real Estate Development; Forestry; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems; Land and Real Estate Development; Rural Land Policies for Poverty Reduction
Language:EnglishRegion:East Asia and Pacific
Report Number:WPS3120Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 3120
Volume No:1Related Dataset:Viet Nam: Provincial Land Use Certificate Issuance data, 1994-2000;

Summary: The authors 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.

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