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Tenure insecurity and investment in soil conservation. Evidence from Malawi

Lovo, Stefania (2016) Tenure insecurity and investment in soil conservation. Evidence from Malawi. World Development, 78. pp. 219-229. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.10.023

Abstract

Tenure insecurity can have important consequences for the conservation of natural resources. This paper focuses on two main sources of tenure insecurity, informal short-term tenancy contracts, and customary gender-biased inheritance practices. Using a large plot-level dataset from Malawi, the analysis employs a linear probability model with household fixed effects and finds that both sources of insecurity have a negative effect on soil conservation investments. These findings suggest that future land reforms should deal with the informality of the land rental market and address the gap between users and owners of land created by existing customary practices.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/world-development
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
JEL classification: Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q1 - Agriculture > Q15 - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q2 - Renewable Resources and Conservation > Q24 - Land
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 13:51
Last Modified: 09 May 2016 09:24
Projects: ES/K006576/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64112

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