Impacts of Land Certification on Tenure Security, Investment, and Land Market Participation: Evidence from Ethiopia

Klaus Deininger, Daniel Ayalew Ali and Tekie Alemu


While early attempts at land titling in Africa were often unsuccessful, factors such as new legislation, low-cost methods, and increasing demand for land have generated renewed interest. A four-period panel allows use of a pipeline and difference-indifferences approach to assess impacts of land registration in Ethiopia. We find that the program increased tenure security, land-related investment, and rental market participation and yielded benefits significantly above the cost of implementation. (JEL O13, Q15)

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