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.


Sustaining land registration benefits by addressing the challenges of reversion to informality in Rwanda
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, Godfrey Mahofa, and Rhona Nyakulama
Land Use Policy, November 2019.

Using satellite imagery to create tax maps and enhance local revenue collection
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, and Michael Wild
Applied Economics, August 2019.

Property rights reform to support China’s rural ‐ urban integration: household‐level evidence from the Chengdu experiment
Klaus Deininger, Songqing Jin, Shouying Liu, and Fang Xia
Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 59, July 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, and 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, and 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, and Stein Holden
The Journal of Development Studies 55(4): 597-619, 2019. 

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Last Updated: Nov 13, 2019


Klaus Deininger

Lead Economist, Development Research Group

Daniel Ayalew Ali

Senior Economist, Development Research Group

Thea Hilhorst

Senior Land Governance Specialist, Development Research Group