Land Research, Data, and Policy Insights

Rural poverty, rapid urbanization, equity, and environmental degradation have placed land at the center of many of the world's pressing challenges. Through analysis of change, testing cutting-edge technology, and partnerships with governments, universities, think tanks, and the private sector in developing and developed countries, the World Bank's Development Research Group is generating new insights into how countries can reform their land policies to effectively tackle these challenges.


Property Taxation in India: Issues Impacting Revenue Performance and Suggestions for Reform
Rajul Awasthi, Mohan Nagarajan, Klaus W. Deininger
Land Use Policy 110: 104539, November 2021 

Structural Transformation of the Agricultural Sector in Low- and Middle-Income Economies
Klaus Deininger, Songqing Jin, Meilin Ma
SSRN Electronic Journal, November 2021 | Annual Review of Resource Economics, Forthcoming

Sustaining Land Registration Benefits by Addressing the Challenges of Reversion to Informality in Rwanda
Daniel A. Ali, Klaus Deininger, Godfrey Mahofa, Rhona Nyakulama
Land Use Policy 110: 104317, November 2021

Does Title Increase Large Farm Productivity? Institutional Determinants of Large Land-Based Investments’ Performance in Zambia
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9702, June 2021

Using Registry Data to Assess Gender-Differentiated Land and Credit Market Effects of Urban Land Policy Reform: Evidence from Lesotho
Daniel A. Ali, Klaus W. Deininger
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9681, June 2021

Investment Impacts of Gendered Land Rights in Customary Tenure Systems: Substantive and Methodological Insights from Malawi
Klaus Deininger, Fang Xia, Talip Kilic, Heather Moylan
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9520, January 2021

Political Reservation and Female Labor Force Participation in Rural India
Klaus Deininger, Songqing Jin, Hari K. Nagarajan, Sudhir K. Singh
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9350, August 2020

Using Machine Learning to Assess Yield Impacts of Crop Rotation : Combining Satellite and Statistical Data for Ukraine
Klaus Deininger, Daniel Ayalew Ali, Nataliia Kussul, Mykola Lavreniuk, Oleg Nivievskyi
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9806, August 2020

Labor Response to Agricultural Productivity Shocks in Developing Countries: Evidence from China
Klaus W. Deininger, Xuwen Gao, Songqing Jin, Chao Peng
Presentation at the 2020 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, July 26-28, 2020

Women's Political Leadership and Economic Empowerment: Evidence from Public Works in India
Klaus Deininger, Hari K. Nagarajan, Sudhir K Singha
Journal of Comparative Economics 48 (2): 277-291, June 2020

Targeting and the Impacts of India's MGNREGS
Christopher B. Barrett, Nancy H. Chau, Upasak Das, Klaus Deininger, Sara Gustafson, Sudha Narayanan, Megan Sheahan, Vidhya Soundararajan
International Food Policy Research Institute, Project Note, March 2020 

Using Satellite Imagery to Assess Impacts of Soil and Water Conservation Measures: Evidence from Ethiopia’s Tana-Beles Watershed
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, Daniel Monchuk
Ecological Economics 169: 106512, March 2020

Property Rights Reform to Support China’s Rural ‐ Urban Integration: Household‐Level Evidence from the Chengdu Experiment
Klaus Deininger, Songqing Jin, Shouying Liu, Fang Xia
Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 64 (1): 30–54, January 2020 

Personality Traits, Technology Adoption, and Technical Efficiency: Evidence from Smallholder Rice Farms in Ghana
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Derek Bowen, Klaus Deininger
The Journal of Development Studies 56 (7):1330-1348, September 2019

Using Satellite Imagery to Create Tax Maps and Enhance Local Revenue Collection
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, Michael Wild
Applied Economics 52 (4):415-429, August 2019

Making Secure Land Tenure Count for Global Development Goals and National Policy: Evidence from Zambia
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, Thea Hilhorst, Frank Kakungu, Yuanyuan Yi
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8912, June 2019.

Does Large Farm Establishment Create Benefits for Neighboring Smallholders? Evidence from Ethiopia
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, Anthony Harris
Land Economics 95 (1):71–90, February 2019 | Brief

Heterogeneous Welfare Impacts of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India
Klaus Deininger and Yanyan Liu
World Development 117: 98-111, 2019.

Gendered Incidence and Impacts of Tenure Insecurity on Agricultural Performance in Malawi’s Customary Tenure System
Klaus Deininger, Fang Xia, Stein Holden
The Journal of Development Studies 55 (4): 597-619, 2019. 

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Last Updated: Jan 14, 2022


Klaus Deininger

Lead Economist

Daniel Ayalew Ali

Senior Economist

Thea Hilhorst

Senior Land Governance Specialist