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Land Reform and Farm Production in the Northern Uplands of Vietnam


  • Nguyen: Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research, University of Bayreuth, Universitaetstrasse 30, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany. Email: Support from the International Training and Research Group TERRECO (GRK 1565/1) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is acknowledged. I also thank Johannes Lueers and Dennis Ochuodho Otieno for their review of the manuscript.


Economic theory suggests that increased tenure security will lead to increased productivity. However, existing literature on the relationship between land tenure and land productivity provides inconclusive evidence. The present paper analyzes the impact of land reform on chemical fertilizer use and land productivity of rural farms in the Northern Uplands of Vietnam using a panel dataset collected before and after land reform. The results show that land reform has positive effects on both chemical fertilizer use and land productivity, but the level of influence is different between land privatization and land titling. Relevant policy implications are thus derived for the promotion of farm production in the region.

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