Efficiency and Productivity Differential Effects of Land Certification Program in Ethiopia

This rapport from the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program examines the effects of the land certification program in Ethiopia on efficiency and productivity.

Hosaena Ghebru Hagos, Stein Holden | April 2014

Although theory predicts that better property rights to land can increase land productivity through tenure security effects (investment effects) and through more efficient input use due to enhanced tradability of the land (factor intensity effect), empirical studies on the size and magnitude of these effects are very scarce. Taking advantage of a unique quasi-experimental survey design, this study analyzes the productivity impacts of the Ethiopian land certification program by identifying how the investment effects (technological gains) would measure up against the benefits from any improvements in input use intensity (technical efficiency).

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