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Klaus W. Deininger

Lead Economist

KLAUS DEININGER, is a Lead Economist in the rural development group of the Development Economics Group. His areas of research focus on income and asset inequality and its relationship to poverty reduction and growth; access to land, land markets and land reform and their impact on household welfare and agricultural productivity; land tenure and its impact on investment, including environmental sustainability: and capacity building (including the use of quantitative and qualitative methods) for policy analysis and evaluation, mainly in the Africa, Central America, and East Asia Regions. He is a German national with a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Berlin, and an MA in theology from the University of Bonn.

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Credit constraints, agricultural productivity, and rural nonfarm participation : evidence from Rwanda (English)

Although the potentially negative impacts of credit constraints on economic development have long been discussed conceptually, empirical evidence for Africa remains limited. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6769 FEB 01, 2014

Ali, Daniel Ayalew; Deininger, Klaus; Duponchel, Marguerite

Is there a farm-size productivity relationship in African agriculture ? evidence from Rwanda (English)

Whether the negative relationship between farm size and productivity that is confirmed in a large global literature holds in Africa is of considerable policy relevance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6770 FEB 01, 2014

Ali, Daniel Ayalew; Deininger, Klaus

Are poor slum-dwellers willing to pay for formal land title? : evidence from Dar es Salaam (English)

High levels of informality, from 70 percent to 80 percent in many developing country cities, increase poverty and make urbanization unsustainable. ... See More +

Brief 81679 OCT 01, 2013

Ali, Daniel Ayalew; Collin, Matthew; Deininger, Klaus; Dercon, Stefan; Sandefur, Justin; Zeitlin, Andrew

Are mega-farms the future of global agriculture? : exploring the farm size-productivity relationship for large commercial farms in Ukraine (English)

With farms cultivating tens or hundreds of thousands of hectares (HA), Ukraine's example is often used to demonstrate the existence of economies of scale in modern grain production. ... See More +

Brief 81680 AUG 15, 2013

Deininger, Klaus; Nizalov, Denys; Singh, Sudhir K. Ukrainian

Are mega-farms the future of global agriculture? : exploring the farm size-productivity relationship for large commercial farms in Ukraine (Ukrainian)

With farms cultivating tens or hundreds of thousands of hectares (HA), Ukraine's example is often used to demonstrate the existence of economies of scale in modern grain production. ... See More +

Brief 81680 AUG 15, 2013

Deininger, Klaus; Nizalov, Denys; Singh, Sudhir K. English

Economic and social impacts of self-help groups in India (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Economic and social impacts of self-help groups in India, conducted between 2000 and present in India. ... See More +

Brief 81306 AUG 14, 2013

Deininger, Klaus; Liu, Yanyan

Environmental and gender impacts of land tenure regularization in Africa : pilot evidence from Rwanda (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Environmental and gender impacts of land tenure regularization in Africa : pilot evidence from Rwanda, conducted in the year between 2007-2008, in Rwanda. ... See More +

Brief 81318 AUG 14, 2013

Ali, Daniel Ayalew; Deininger, Klaus; Goldstein, Markus

Impacts of land certification on tenure security, investment, and land market participation : evidence from Ethiopia (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Impacts of land certification on tenure security, investment, and land market participation : evidence from Ethiopia, conducted between 2006 and 2011 in Ethiopia. ... See More +

Brief 81370 AUG 14, 2013

Deininger, Klaus; Ali, Daniel Ayalew; Alemu, Tekie

Women's inheritance rights and intergenerational transmission of resources in India (English)

This brief summarizes the women's inheritance rights and intergenerational transmission of resources in India for the period 1986-1994. The author use inheritance patterns over three generations of individuals to assess the impact of changes in the Hindu succession act that grant daughters equal coparcenary birth rights in joint family property that were denied to daughters in the past. ... See More +

Brief 81525 AUG 14, 2013

Deininger, Klaus; Goyal, Aparajita; Nagarajan, Hari

Welfare and poverty impacts of India's national rural employment guarantee scheme : evidence from Andhra Pradesh (English)

This paper uses a three-round 4,000-household panel from Andhra Pradesh together with administrative data to explore short and medium-term poverty and welfare effects of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6543 JUL 01, 2013

Deininger, Klaus; Liu, Yanyan

Are mega-farms the future of global agriculture ? exploring the farm size-productivity relationship (English)

With farms cultivating tens or hundreds of thousands of hectares, Ukraine is often used to demonstrate the existence of economies of scale in modern grain production. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6544 JUL 01, 2013

Deininger, Klaus; Nizalov, Denys; Singh, Sudhir K

Going digital : credit effects of land registry computerization in India (English)

Digitization of land records represents a unique way to test for credit supply effects of improved land administration information over time. The authors exploit variation in the timing of the shift from manual to digital operation of Andhra Pradesh's 387 sub registry offices during the state-wide rollout of this intervention from 1999 to 2005. ... See More +

Brief 74812 DEC 19, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Goyal, Aparajita

Women's inheritance rights and intergenerational transmission of resources in India (English)

While developing countries have made considerable progress in equalizing women's economic opportunities, inheritance legislation often remains strongly gender-biased. ... See More +

Brief 74847 DEC 11, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Nagararjan, Hari; Aparajita, Goyal

Productivity effects of land rental market operation in Ethiopia : evidence from a matched tenant-landlord sample (English)

As countries increasingly strive to transform their economies from agriculture-based into a diversified one, land rental will become of greater importance. ... See More +

Journal Article 79465 DEC 03, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Ayalew Ali, Daniel; Alemu, Tekie

Does sharecropping affect productivity and long-term investment ? evidence from West Bengal's tenancy reforms (English)

Although transfer of agricultural land ownership through land reform had positive impacts on productivity, investment, and political empowerment in many cases, institutional arrangements in West Bengal -- which made tenancy heritable and imposed a prohibition on subleasing -- imply that early land reform benefits may not be sustained and gains from this policy remain well below potential. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6293 DEC 01, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Jin, Songqing; Yadav, Vandana

Environmental and gender impacts of land tenure regularization in Africa : pilot evidence from Rwanda (English)

Although recent developments have increased interest in African land tenure, Rwanda's nation-wide Land Tenure Regularization (LTR) program is one of a few models to address these issues at the required scale. ... See More +

Brief 73154 OCT 02, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Goldstein, Markus; Ali, Daniel Ayalew

How land tenure regularization can contribute to agricultural growth in Rwanda (English)

After remarkable social and economic reconstruction since 1994, Rwanda aspires to become a middle income country by 2020 with a strong focus on inclusive growth. ... See More +

Brief 73155 OCT 02, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Ronchi, Loraine; Ali, Daniel Ayalew; Duponchel, Marguerite

Causes and implications of credit rationing in rural Ethiopia : the importance of spatial variation (English)

This paper uses Ethiopian data to explore credit rationing in semi-formal credit markets and its effects on farmers' resource allocation and crop productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6096 JUN 01, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Ayalew Ali, Daniel

Land fragmentation, cropland abandonment, and land market operation in Albania (English)

Albania's radical farmland distribution is credited with averting an economic crisis and social unrest during the transition. But many believe it led to a holding structure too fragmented to be efficient, and that public efforts to consolidate plots are needed to lay the foundation for greater rural productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6032 APR 01, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Savastano, Sara; Carletto, Calogero

Moving off the farm: Land institutions to facilitate structural transformation and agricultural productivity growth in China (English)

Agriculture has made major contributions to China's economic growth and poverty reduction, but the literature has rarely focused on the institutional factors that might underpin such structural transformation and productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5949 JAN 01, 2012

Deininger, Klaus; Jin, Songqing; Xia, Fang

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Credit constraints, agricultural productivity, and rural nonfarm participation : evidence from Rwanda (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 WPS6769 Policy Research Working Paper
Is there a farm-size productivity relationship in African agriculture ? evidence from Rwanda (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 WPS6770 Policy Research Working Paper
Are poor slum-dwellers willing to pay for formal land title? : evidence from Dar es Salaam (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 81679 Brief
Are mega-farms the future of global agriculture? : exploring the farm size-productivity relationship for large commercial farms in Ukraine (English)
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AUG 15, 2013 81680 Brief Ukrainian
Are mega-farms the future of global agriculture? : exploring the farm size-productivity relationship for large commercial farms in Ukraine (Ukrainian)
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AUG 15, 2013 81680 Brief English
Economic and social impacts of self-help groups in India (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81306 Brief
Environmental and gender impacts of land tenure regularization in Africa : pilot evidence from Rwanda (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81318 Brief
Impacts of land certification on tenure security, investment, and land market participation : evidence from Ethiopia (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81370 Brief
Women's inheritance rights and intergenerational transmission of resources in India (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81525 Brief
Welfare and poverty impacts of India's national rural employment guarantee scheme : evidence from Andhra Pradesh (English)
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JUL 01, 2013 WPS6543 Policy Research Working Paper
Are mega-farms the future of global agriculture ? exploring the farm size-productivity relationship (English)
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JUL 01, 2013 WPS6544 Policy Research Working Paper
Going digital : credit effects of land registry computerization in India (English)
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DEC 19, 2012 74812 Brief
Women's inheritance rights and intergenerational transmission of resources in India (English)
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DEC 11, 2012 74847 Brief
Productivity effects of land rental market operation in Ethiopia : evidence from a matched tenant-landlord sample (English)
See More +
DEC 03, 2012 79465 Journal Article
Does sharecropping affect productivity and long-term investment ? evidence from West Bengal's tenancy reforms (English)
See More +
DEC 01, 2012 WPS6293 Policy Research Working Paper
Environmental and gender impacts of land tenure regularization in Africa : pilot evidence from Rwanda (English)
See More +
OCT 02, 2012 73154 Brief
How land tenure regularization can contribute to agricultural growth in Rwanda (English)
See More +
OCT 02, 2012 73155 Brief
Causes and implications of credit rationing in rural Ethiopia : the importance of spatial variation (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2012 WPS6096 Policy Research Working Paper
Land fragmentation, cropland abandonment, and land market operation in Albania (English)
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APR 01, 2012 WPS6032 Policy Research Working Paper
Moving off the farm: Land institutions to facilitate structural transformation and agricultural productivity growth in China (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2012 WPS5949 Policy Research Working Paper