DOES LAND TENURE INSECURITY DISCOURAGE TREE PLANTING? EVOLUTION OF CUSTOMARY LAND TENURE AND AGROFORESTRY MANAGEMENT IN SUMATRA

It is widely believed that land tenure insecurity under a customary tenure system leads to socially inefficient resource allocation. This article demonstrates that land tenure insecurity promotes tree planting, which is inefficient from the private point of view but could be relatively efficient from the viewpoint of the global environment. Regression analysis, based on primary data collected in Sumatra, indicates that tenure insecurity in fact leads to early tree planting. It is also found that customary land tenure institutions have been evolving towards greater tenure security responding to increasing scarcity of land.


Issue Date:
1997
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/16067
Total Pages:
45
Series Statement:
EPTD Discussion Paper 31




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