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The Impact of land titling on agricultural production and agricultural investments in Tanzania: a theory-based approach

Jorge Garcia Hombrados (), Maira Devisscher and María Herreros Martínez

Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2015, vol. 7, issue 4, 530-544

Abstract: This paper uses cross-sectional agricultural and household surveys conducted in 2008 and 2009 to examine the impact of land titles on agricultural outcomes combining the use of a theory-based approach and a propensity score matching. The results of the analysis reveal no significant impact of land titles on agricultural production, agricultural investments and long-term maximisation agricultural behaviour once differences in covariates between households and plots with and without land titles are taken into account. In fact, there is no indication of relevant impacts of land titles on access to credit and on perceived tenure security either, pointing to a break at an early stage in the causal chain of impact. The results are overall robust to the selection of the matching method and to different specifications of the matching equation. Finally, the study discusses some aspects of the institutional context that could help to explain why land titling in Tanzania has failed to bring about the expected changes in agricultural outcomes.

Date: 2015
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