Land tenure differences and investment in land improvement measures: Theoretical and empirical analyses

Abdulai, Awudu, Owusu, Victor and Goetz, Renan (2011) Land tenure differences and investment in land improvement measures: Theoretical and empirical analyses Journal of Development Economics, 96 (1). pp. 66-78. DOI 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2010.08.002.

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Abstract

This article develops a theoretical framework to examine the relationship between land tenure arrangements and households' investment in soil-improving and conservation measures. It then analyzes this relationship with a multivariate probit model based on detailed plot-level data from villages in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. A major hypothesis tested is that investment in productivity-enhancing and conservation techniques are influenced by land tenure arrangements. The theoretical analysis and empirical results generally reveal that land tenure differences significantly influence farmers' decisions to invest in land-improving and conservation measures. The findings also show that tenure security does affect farm productivity.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Land tenure Property rights Investment Optimal control Farm productivity
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2010.08.002
ISSN: 0304-3878
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 05:05
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 05:05
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/16597

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