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Thanks but no thanks: A new policy to reduce land conflict

Journal article
Authors Martin Dufwenberg
Gunnar Köhlin
Haileselassie Medhin
Peter Martinsson
Published in Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Volume 77
Pages 31-50
ISSN 0095-0696
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Economics, Environmental Economics Unit
Department of Economics
Pages 31-50
Language en
Keywords Land reform, Conflict, Voluntary agreement, Social preferences, Forward induction, Ethiopia, Experiment
Subject categories Economics


Land conflicts in developing countries are costly both directly and through increased land degradation. An important policy goal is to create respect for borders. This often involves mandatory, expensive interventions. We propose a new policy design, which in theory promotes neighborly relations at low cost. A salient feature is the option to by-pass regulation through consensus. The key idea combines the insight that social preferences transform social dilemmas into coordination problems with the logic of forward induction. As a first, low-cost pass at empirical evaluation, we conduct an experiment among farmers in the Ethiopian highlands, a region exhibiting features typical of countries where borders are often disputed.

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