Economics at your fingertips  

Delinking Land Rights from Land Use: Certification and Migration in Mexico

Alain de Janvry (), Kyle Emerick, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro () and Elisabeth Sadoulet ()

American Economic Review, 2015, vol. 105, issue 10, 3125-49

Abstract: In many developing countries property rights over rural land are maintained through continuous personal use instead of by land titles. We show that removing the link between land use and land rights through the issuance of ownership certificates can result in large-scale adjustments to labor and land allocations. Using the rollout of the Mexican land certification program from 1993 to 2006, we find that households obtaining certificates were subsequently 28 percent more likely to have a migrant member. We also show that even though land certification induced migration, it had little effect on cultivated area due to consolidation of farm units. (JEL O13, O17, P14, Q15, Q18, Q24, Q28)

JEL-codes: O13 O17 P14 Q15 Q18 Q24 Q28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.20130853
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (37) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf) (application/pdf) (application/zip) (application/zip)
Access to full text is restricted to AEA members and institutional subscribers.

Related works:
Working Paper: Delinking Land Rights from Land Use: Certification and Migration in Mexico (2014) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from

Access Statistics for this article

American Economic Review is currently edited by Esther Duflo

More articles in American Economic Review from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().

Page updated 2019-06-21
Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:105:y:2015:i:10:p:3125-49