Activities and Publications before 2014


2013


Presentations at workshop arranged by the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, Lands Directorate on August 26th, 2013, Addis Ababa, on Land Registraton and Certification in Ethiopia

CLTS-UMB/UN-Habitat workshop on "Youth, gender and land rights" at Litteraturhuset, Oslo, June 13th, 2013: Link


Journal papers and book chapters:


Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2013). Who Benefit from Malawi's Input Subsidy Program? Forum For Development Studies 40(1), 1-25. Link


Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan. August 2013. Link


Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (2013). Land Tenure Reforms, Poverty and Natural Resource Management: Conceptual Framework. Chapter 1 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan.


Aryal, J. and Holden, S. T. (2013). Caste Discrimination, Land Reforms and Land Market Performance in Nepal. Chapter 2 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan. Link


Holden, S. T. and Ghebru, H. (2013). Welfare Impacts of Land Certification in Tigray, Ethiopia. Chapter 6 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan. Link


Tatwangire, A. and Holden, S. T. (2013). Land Market Participation and Farm Size-Productivity Relationship: Implications of Land Tenure Reforms in Uganda. Chapter 8 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan. Link


Holden, S. T., Yi, Y., Jiang, X. and Xu, J. (2013). Tenure Security and Investment Effects of Forest Tenure Reform in China. Chapter 11 inHolden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan. Link


Mekonnen, A. Ghebru, H., Holden, S. T. and Kassie, M. (2013). Impact of Land Certification on Tree Growing on Private Plots of Rural Households: Evidence from Ethiopia. Chapter 13 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan.


Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (2013). Conclusions. Chapter 16 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan.


Working papers:

See: www.nmbu.no/clts


Holden, Stein T. and Keijiro Otsuka (2013). The Roles of Land Tenure Reforms and Land Markets in the Context of Population Growth and Land Use Intensification in Africa. CLTS Working Paper No. 15/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Paper accepted for publication in Food Policy. Link


Holden, Stein T. and Sosina Bezu (2013). Joint Land Certification and Intra-household Decision-making: Towards Empowerment of Wives?. CLTS Working Paper No. 14/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


Holden, Stein T. and Monica Fisher (2013). Can area measurement error explain the inverse farm size productivity relationship? CLTS Working Paper No. 12/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


Bezu, Sosina and Stein T. Holden (2013). Land Access and Youth Livelihood Opportunities in Southern Ethiopia, CLTS Working Paper No. 11/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


Holden, Stein T. (2013). High discount rates: - An artifact caused by poorly framed experiments or a result of people being poor and vulnerable? CLTS Working Paper No. 8/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Paper presented at 8th Nordic Conference on Behavioral and Experimental Economics in Stockholm, September 27‐28th, and the 2013 Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC) held from December 5-6, 2013, at the Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway. Link


Holden, Stein T. and Julius Mangisoni (2013). Input subsidies and improved maize varieties in Malawi: - What can we learn from the impacts in a drought year? CLTS Working Paper No. 7/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


Holden, Stein T. (2013). Input subsidies and demand for improved maize: Relative prices and household heterogeneity matter! CLTS Working Paper No. 6/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


Holden, Stein T. (2013). Amazing maize in Malawi: Input subsidies, factor productivity and land use intensification. CLTS Working Paper No. 4/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


Bezu, Sosina and Stein T. Holden (2013). Unbundling Land Administrative Reform: Demand for Second Stage Land Certification in Ethiopia. CLTS Working Paper No. 3/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


Ghebru, Hosaena  and Stein T. Holden (2013). Links between Tenure Security and Food Security: Evidence from Ethiopia. CLTS Working Paper No. 2/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


Bezu, Sosina  and Stein T. Holden (2013). Generosity and social distance in dictator game field experiments with and without a face. CLTS Working Paper No. 1/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Link


I presented the paper "Generosity and social distance in dictator game field experiments with and without a face", coauthored with Sosina Bezu at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Association of Economists, Stavanger University, January 7-8, 2013. This is an output from our research project "Joint Land Certification: Towards Empowerment or Marginalization?", funded under FRISAM in the Research Council of Norway. Powerpoint


UMB-CLTS arranged a worskhop on Large Scale Land Acquisitions at Litteraturhuset, Oslo, on November 28, 2012, see Link


Invited lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Socioeconomics Program of International Mazie and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) 19-24. November 2012 at Mt. Kenya Safari Club, Kenya: "Farm Household Behavior under Imperfect Markets and Implications for Research and Policy"


Presentation at the international workshop "Evaluating the Impact of Tenure Security Interventions in Developing Countries" at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington, DC, on November 2nd, 2012: "Links between Tenure Security and Food Security: Evidence from Ethiopia." Link


My presentation at Norfund, Aker Brygge, Oslo on October 31, 2012:"Development Impact of Agricultural Investment Projects" (in Norwegian)." Link


Uma Lele’s Award to Best Contributed Paper on Gender

The paper "The Role of Land Certification in Reducing Gender Gaps in Productivity in Rural Ethiopia" written by Mintewab Bezabih, Stein T. Holden and Andrea Mannberg, was given the "Uma Lele’s Award to Best Contributed Paper on Gender" at the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), "The Global Bio-Economy" at Iguassu Falls, Cataratas, Brazil, August 18-24, 2012. Link


I am involved in a new research project "Economics of maize based farming systems for faster technology adoption and sustainable intensification pathways in Eastern and Southern Africa (Adoption Pathways project)”, in cooperation with CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - www.cimmyt.org). This is a four year project (2012-2016) financed by the Australian government. The project will assess the potential of improved drought-tolerant maize varieties and establishment of more climate-robust farming systems in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.


I am involved in the research project "Measuring the Poverty and Food Security Impacts of Improved Maize in Africa: A Combined Econometric and Micro-Economywide Modeling Approach" in collaboration with CIMMYT, Michigan State University, University of Malawi and University of Zambia. The project is funded by the Gates Foundation under the CGIAR Standing Panel on Impact Assessment. The project period was 2011-2013.


My papers with Rodney Lunduka and Hosaena Ghebru presented at the 28th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, The Global Bio-Economy at Iguassu Falls, Cataratas, Brazil, August 18-24, 2012: "Input Subsidies, Cash Constraints and Timing of Input Supply: -Experimental Evidence from Malawi" and "Reverse Share Tenancy and Marshallian Inefficiency: Bargaining Power of Landowners under the Sharecroppers' Productivity"


We arranged an international Land Tenure Reform book workshop on May 29-30, 2012, at Jevnaker, Norway. I am co-editing the book with professor Keijiro Otsuka, Tokyo, and lead economist Klaus Deininger, The World Bank. Program for the workshop


I was key note speaker on the international workshop on large-scale agricultural investments on 11 May 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, arranged by The German Institute of Global and Area Studies. My presentation: "Uncertainty about Future Impacts of Large Land Acquisitions by International Investors in Africa, with Ethiopia as a Case". For further information about the workshop, see the web page.


I presented the paper "Command and control: How does it work? The case of land market restrictions in Ethiopia" in the World Bank Land and Poverty conference April 23-26, 2012. Paper


I was project leader for a new research project (2012-2014) with the title "Joint Certification and Household Land Allocation: - Towards Empowerment or Marginalization?" that was financed by the Research Council of Norway. Sosina Bezu was employed as a researcher on the project. You find the blog for the project here.


2008-2012


Journal papers:


Gebregziabher, G., Namara, R. E. and Holden, S. T. (2012). Technical Efficiency of Irrigated and Rain-Fed Smallholder Agriculture in Tigray, Ethiopia: A Comparative Stochastic Frontier Production Function Analysis. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 51 (3), 203-226. Abstract


Bezu, S., Barrett, C. and  Holden, S. T. (2012). Does the nonfarm economy offer pathways for upward mobility? Evidence from a panel data study in Ethiopia. World Development 40(8), 1634-1646. Link


Aryal, J. P. and Holden, S. T. (2012). Livestock and Land Share Contracts in a Hindu Society. Agricultural Economics 43, 1-14. Link. Earlier version


Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2012). Do Fertilizer Subsidies Crowd Out Organic Manures? The Case of Malawi. Agricultural Economics 43, 301-312. Link


Kassie, M., Köhlin, G., Bluffstone, R., and Holden, S. T. (2011). Are soil conservation technologies "win-win?" A case study of Anjeni in the north-western Ethiopian highlands. Natural resources forum 35(2), 89-99. Abstract. Paper


Gebregziabher, G. and Holden, S. T. (2011). Distress Rentals and the Land Rental Market as a Safety Net: Evidence from Tigray, Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics 42, 45-60. Abstract


Gebregziabher, G. and Holden, S. T. (2011). Does Irrigation Enhance and Food Deficits Discourage Fertilizer Adoption in a Risky Environment? Eveidence from Tigray, Ethiopia. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics 3(10), 514-528. Link. Summary


Hagos, F. and Holden, S. T. (2011). Fertilizer Use by Smallholder Households in Northern Ethiopia: Does Risk Aversion Matter? In R. A. Bluffstone and G. Köhlin (eds.) Agricultural Investment and Productivity. Building Sustainability in East Africa. RFF Press, Washington, DC & London.


Holden, S. T., Deininger, K. and Ghebru, H. (2011). Tenure Insecurity, Gender, Low-cost Land Certification and Land Rental Market Participation. Journal of Development Studies 47(1), 31-47. Link. Earlier version


Holden, S. T. (2010). Rethinking Development in Africa: Is it Power Traps or Poverty Traps that Block Development? The Nordic Africa Institute website: Link


Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2010). The Political Economy of Targeted Input Subsidies in Malawi. Paper presented at the NFU conference, Oslo, 25-26. November, 2010. Link


Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2010). Too Poor to be Efficient? Impacts of the Targeted Fertilizer Subsidy Program in Malawi on Farm Plot Level Input Use, Crop Choice and Land Productivity. Report to NORAD. Department of Economics and Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås.

Link to paper. Link to blog briefs.


Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2010).  Impacts of the fertilizer subsidy program in Malawi: Targeting, household perceptions and preferences. Report to NORAD. Department of Economics and Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås. Link to paper. Link to blog briefs.


Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2010). Yara, the Fertilizer Industry and the Impacts on Small Farmers in Malawi. Understanding the Issues 1/2010. Norwegian Church Aid, Lilongwe and Oslo. Link


Holden, S. T. and Sietchiping, R. (2010). Land, Environment and Climate Change. Challenges, Responses and Tools. Global Land Tools Network, UNHABITAT, Nairobi. Link


Holden, S. T. and Bezabih, M. (2008). Gender and Land Productivity on Rented Out Land: Evidence from Ethiopia. In Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Place, F. (Eds.). The Emergence of Land Markets in Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Efficiency. Resources For the Future Press, Washington D.C. Link


Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Place, F. (Eds) (2008). The Emergence of Land Markets in Africa: Impacts on Poverty, Equity and Efficiency. Resources For the Future Press, Washington D.C. Here


Holden, S. T., Deininger, K. and Ghebru, H. (2009). Impacts of Low-cost Land Certification on Investment and Productivity. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91 (2):359-373. Abstract


Benjaminsen, T. A., Holden, S. T., Lund, C. and Sjaastad, E. (2009). Formalisation of land rights: Some empirical evidence from Mali, Niger and South Africa. Land Use Policy 26: 28–35. Abstract


Bezu, S. and Holden, S. T. (2008). Can Food-for-Work Encourage Agricultural Production? Food Policy 33(5): 541-549. Abstract


Deininger, K., Ali, D., Holden, S. T. og Zevenbergen, J. (2008). Rural land certification in Ethiopia: Process, initial impact, and implications for the other African countries. World Developmen 36(10): 1786-1812. Abstract