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Investment and income effects of land regularization : the case of Nicaragua, Volume 1
Author:Deininger, Klaus; Chamorro, Juan Sebastian; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 2752
Country:Nicaragua; Date Stored:2002/02/16
Document Date:2002/01/31Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Land Use and Policies; Municipal Housing and Land; Banks & Banking Reform; Real Estate Development; Rural Land Policies for Poverty ReductionLanguage:English
Major Sector:Agriculture, fishing, and forestryRegion:Latin America & Caribbean
Report Number:WPS2752Sub Sectors:Agricultural Credit
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors use data from Nicaragua to examine the impact of the award of registered and nonregistered title on land values and on investments attached to land. They find that receipt of registered title increases land values by 30 percent and greatly increases the propensity to invest, bringing investment closer to the optimum. Consistent with descriptive statistics indicating great demand for regularization of land rights, especially from the poor, this finding suggests that titling can have a positive distributional effect. Of overriding importance, however, are the legal validity and official recognition of the titles issued.

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