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Can A Market-Assisted Land Redistribution Program Improve the Lives of the Poor? Evidence from Malawi

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dc.contributor.author Datar, Gayatri
dc.contributor.author Del Carpio, Ximena V.
dc.contributor.author Hoffmann, Vivian
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-14T13:18:37Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-14T13:18:37Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6297
dc.description.abstract "This paper uses a rural household survey dataset collected in 2006 and 2008 to investigate the impact of a market-based land resettlement project in southern Malawi. The program provided a conditional cash and land transfer to poor families to relocate to larger plots of farm land. The average treatment effect of the program is estimated using a difference-in-difference matching technique based on propensity score matching; qualitative information complement the analysis to ensure unobservable characteristics do not bias the findings. As expected, the results show a significant effect on landholdings and agricultural production, with land size increasing and maize production increasing by more than 100 kilograms relative to the control. However, the impacts on food security and asset holdings were mixed. Households that relocated great distances had systematically lower impacts than those households that stayed within their district of origin because they had to adapt to unfamiliar agro-ecological, cultural, and market environments. Impacts also varied across gender of the household head; female-headed beneficiary households increased their productive and consumption assets significantly, while male-headed households increased their asset holdings less so." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, no. 5093 en_US
dc.subject environmental economics--policy en_US
dc.subject rural development en_US
dc.subject poverty alleviation en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.title Can A Market-Assisted Land Redistribution Program Improve the Lives of the Poor? Evidence from Malawi en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Qualitative en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Malawi en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US

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