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Impacts of land certification on tenure security, investment, and land markets : evidence from Ethiopia, Volume 1
Author:Deininger, Klaus; Ali, Daniel Ayalew; Alemu, Tekie; Country:World;
Date Stored:2008/10/30Document Date:2008/10/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Climate Change and Environment; Common Property Resource Development; Urban Housing; Rural Land Policies for Poverty Reduction
Language:EnglishRel. Proj ID:1W-Africa Land Tenure -- -- P107299;
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS4764
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4764Volume No:1

Summary: Although early attempts at land titling in Africa were often unsuccessful, the need to secure rights in view of increased demand for land, options for registration of a continuum of individual or communal rights under new laws, and the scope for reducing costs by combining information technology with participatory methods have led to renewed interest. This paper uses a difference-in-difference approach to assess economic impacts of a low-cost registration program in Ethiopia that, over 5 years, covered some 20 million parcels. Despite policy constraints, the program increased tenure security, land-related investment, and rental market participation and yielded benefits significantly above the cost of implementation.

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