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Formalizing Rural Land Rights in West Africa : Early Evidence from a Randomized Impact Evaluation in Benin

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/9
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Policy Research Working Papers
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Goldstein, Markus
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Houngbedji, Kenneth
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Kondylis, Florence
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O'Sullivan, Michael
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Selod, Harris
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2015-11-05T14:44:49Z
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2015-11-05T14:44:49Z
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2015-10
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2019-09-27T18:33:20Z
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This paper presents early evidence from the first large-scale randomized-controlled trial of a land formalization program. The study examines the links between land demarcation and investment in rural Benin in light of a model of agricultural production under insecure tenure. The demarcation process involved communities in the mapping and attribution of land rights; cornerstones marked parcel boundaries and offered lasting landmarks. Consistent with the model, improved tenure security under demarcation induces a shift toward long-term investment on treated parcels. This investment does not yet coincide with gains in agricultural productivity. The analysis also identifies significant gender-specific effects. Female-managed landholdings in treated villages are more likely to be left fallow—an important soil fertility investment. Women further respond to an exogenous tenure security change by moving production away from relatively secure, demarcated land and toward less secure land outside the village to guard those parcels.
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2015/10/25132197/formalizing-rural-land-rights-west-africa-early-evidence-randomized-impact-evaluation-benin
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/22857
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English
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en_US
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World Bank, Washington, DC
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Policy Research Working Paper;No. 7435
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
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COMMUNITIES
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VILLAGES
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CORPORATION
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PRODUCTION
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LAND RIGHT
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AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
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SOIL CONSERVATION
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PRIVATIZATION
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POINTS
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ACCESS TO LAND
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COMMUNES
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PROPERTY RIGHTS
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AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
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DISCOUNT RATE
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INFORMATION
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POLITICAL ECONOMY
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AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
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URBAN LAND
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OWNERSHIP
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PRIVATE PROPERTY
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LAND TENURE
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LANDS
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OPEN ACCESS
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KNOWLEDGE
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AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES
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COMMON
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LAND TITLING
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PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
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DWELLING
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RENT
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HETEROGENEITY
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CONSTRUCTION
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PRODUCTIVITY
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WATER
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TRANSFERS
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URBAN LAND TENURE
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LAND ADMINISTRATIONS
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LAND RIGHTS
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LAND OWNERSHIP
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RESEARCH
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LIVESTOCK
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LABOR
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FARMERS
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NATURAL RESOURCES
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URBAN LAND MARKETS
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CROPS
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FOOD PRODUCTION
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LAND USE
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RESOURCES
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CONSUMPTION
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LAND TRANSACTIONS
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LAND MARKET
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OPPORTUNITY COST
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PROPERTY RIGHT
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FAMILY
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GENDER
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LAND TENURE RIGHTS
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DEMAND
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PARTNERSHIP
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FORESTS
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HOUSEHOLD
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AGRICULTURE
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LAND PROPERTY
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AGRICULTURAL LAND
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PROPERTY
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COST
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HABITAT
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MARKET
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LAND ACQUISITION
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ECONOMICS
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PROPERTY VALUE
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MANAGEMENT
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SOIL
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ENFORCEMENT
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FISHERIES
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LAND
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LANDOWNERS
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EDUCATION
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INVESTMENT
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HOUSEHOLDS
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RURAL AREAS
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INTEGRATION
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ALLOCATION
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SUPPLY
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PASTORALISTS
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LAND TRANSFER
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INVESTMENTS
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BUILDING
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AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY
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FUNDING
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SOIL FERTILITY
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WOMEN
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AGRICULTURAL
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RURAL DEVELOPMENT
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LANDLORDS
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LAND MANAGEMENT
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LAND OWNER
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TENURE
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LAND ECONOMICS
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LAND ADMINISTRATION
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AFRICA GENDER POLICY
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GENDER INNOVATION LAB
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WOMEN AND PROPERTY RIGHTS
dc.title
Formalizing Rural Land Rights in West Africa
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Early Evidence from a Randomized Impact Evaluation in Benin
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Working Paper
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2015-10-08
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Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
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Publications & Research
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2015/10/25132197/formalizing-rural-land-rights-west-africa-early-evidence-randomized-impact-evaluation-benin
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10.1596/1813-9450-7435
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090224b083130cdd_1_0
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25132197
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WPS7435
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http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2015/10/08/090224b083130cdd/1_0/Rendered/PDF/Formalizing0ru00evaluation0in0Benin.pdf
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okr.region.administrative
Africa
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Benin
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West Africa
okr.topic
Urban Housing
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Political Economy
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Common Property Resource Development
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Municipal Housing and Land
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Rural Development
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Macroeconomics and Economic Growth
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Urban Development
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Rural Development :: Rural Development Knowledge & Information Systems
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Africa Region and the Development Research Group

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