Time: 14:00-15:30
Venue: CMI Main meeting room 1st floor, Fantoftvegen 38

Stein Holden (CV), professor at the Norwegian University of Life Science, presents a paper on the impacts of land certification on agricultural investments and productivity.

New land reforms are again high on the policy agenda and low-cost, pro-poor reforms are being tested in poor countries. This article assesses the investment and productivity impacts of the recent low-cost land certification implemented in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, using a unique household and farm-plot level panel data set, with data from before and up to eight years after the reform. Advanced econometric methods were used to test and control for endogeneity of certification and to control for unobserved household heterogeneity. Significant positive impacts were found, including effects on the maintenance of soil conservation structures, investment in trees, and land productivity.