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The Role of Land Certification in Reducing Gender Gaps in Productivity in Rural Ethiopia

Mintewab Bezabih (), Stein Holden () and Andrea Mannberg ()

Abstract: This paper analyses the impact of a low cost and restricted rights land certification program on the productivity of female-headed households. The analysis is based on plot level panel data from the East Gojjam and South Wollo Zones in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The results suggest a positive and significant effect of certification on plot-level productivity, particularly on plots rented out to other operators. In addition, the results show that certification has different impacts on male and female productivity with female-headed households gaining significantly more and with zonal differences in the effectiveness of certification impacts.

Keywords: Ethiopia; Female Headed Households; Productivity; Land Market; Certification; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D02; Q12; Q15; (follow links to similar papers)

48 pages, September 1, 2012

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