Recent Submissions

  • Learning cooperation from the commons 

    Berge, Erling (CLTS Working paper;2/19, Working paper, 2019)
    The paper discusses the link between commons as they might have been used in prehistoric Norway and the rules concerning the exploitation of the commons as found in the oldest known legislation for regions of Norway, ...
  • The economics of fertilizer subsidies 

    Holden, Stein (CLTS Working paper;9/18, Working paper, 2018)
    Fertilizer and other input subsidies have been a prominent component of agricultural policies in many Asian and African countries since the 1960s. Their economic and political rationale is scrutinized with emphasis on the ...
  • How related are risk preferences and time preferences? 

    Holden, Stein T.; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;4/19, Working paper, 2019)
    Risk and time preferences are fundamentally important for financial decisions. We study such preferences for business group members based on field experiments in Ethiopia. The relationship between risk preferences and time ...
  • Land rental as a complementary income source for land-poor youth 

    Holden, Stein T.; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;6/18, Working paper, 2018)
    Continued high population growth in already densely populated rural areas in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa makes it harder for youth to choose agriculture as their main source of income. We investigate whether near landless ...
  • How do social preferences and norms of reciprocity affect generalized and particularized trust? 

    Holden, Stein T.; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;8/19, Working paper, 2019)
    We study how social preferences and norms of reciprocity are related to generalized and particularized trust among members of youth business groups in northern Ethiopia. Members of these groups are recruited among land-poor ...
  • Transaction costs and land rental market participation in Malawi 

    Tione, Sarah E.; Holden, Stein T. (CLTS Working paper;9/19, Working paper, 2019)
    We assess the extent of access and degree of participation by smallholder tenants in the land rental market in Malawi. Our study is based on three rounds of nationally representative Living Standards Measurement Surveys ...
  • Gender assessment of youth business groups : female participation and characteristics 

    Holden, Stein T.; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;6/19, Working paper, 2019)
    This working paper is an output from the research project “Youth Business Groups for Sustainable Development: Lessons from the Ethiopian Model” that is funded by Research Council of Norway under the NORGLOBAL2 research ...
  • Grunnvassforvaltning: om Elinor Ostrom si tilnærming til forvaltning av grunnvatn 

    Berge, Erling (CLTS Working paper;8/18, Working paper, 2018)
    The paper discusses the challenges present in the management of groundwater. The theoretical approach of Elinor Ostrom is presented and her study of the management of groundwater in Southern California in the 1960ies is ...
  • The Devil is in the details : risk preferences, choice list design, and measurement error 

    Holden, Stein T.; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;3/19, Working paper, 2019)
    We use a field experiment to estimate the risk preferences of 945 youth and young adult members of 116 rural business groups organized as primary cooperatives in a semi-arid risky environment in northern Ethiopia. Multiple ...
  • Urban proximity, demand for land and land prices in Malawi 

    Tione, Sarah E.; Holden, Stein T. (CLTS Working paper;1/19, Working paper, 2019)
    We assess the spatial and intertemporal change patterns of farmland prices using per hectare minimum willingness to accept (WTA) sales and rental prices in Malawi. We use three rounds of nationally representative household ...
  • A comment on changes in the Norwegian Land Consolidation Act 

    Sky, Per Kåre (CLTS Working paper;7/18, Working paper, 2011)
    The Land Consolidation Act has recently been revised. The changes came into force on 1 July 2006 and 1 January 2007. The main changes in the Act are that the land consolidation court now has formal jurisdiction to handle ...
  • Understanding Norwegian commons 

    Berge, Erling (CLTS Working paper;10/18, Working paper, 2018)
    The paper reviews the development of the legal status of Norwegian commons from the first known legislation on commons. The development can be divided into 5 periods. The first period lasted until about 1300. In this ...
  • Are land-poor youth accessing rented land? : evidence from northern Ethiopia 

    Holden, Stein T.; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;7/19, Working paper, 2019)
    Continued strong population growth in already densely populated rural areas in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa makes it harder for youth to choose agriculture as their main source of income. We investigate whether near landless ...
  • Youth business groups and leadership : group leader and member survey statistics 

    Holden, Stein T.; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;5/19, Working paper, 2019)
    This working paper is an output from the research project “Youth Business Groups for Sustainable Development: Lessons from the Ethiopian Model” that is funded by Research Council of Norway under the NORGLOBAL2 research ...
  • Learning from man or machine: Spatial aggregation and house price prediction 

    Sommervoll, Dag EInar; Sommervoll, Åvald (CLTS Working paper;2018:4, Working paper, 2018)
    House prices vary with location. At the same time the border between two neighboring housing markets tends to be fuzzy. When we seek to explain or predict house prices we need to correct for spatial price variation. A ...
  • Gender differences in risk tolerance, trust and trustworthiness: Are they related? 

    Holden, Stein Terje; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;2018:3, Working paper, 2018)
    The paper assesses risk tolerance, trust and trustworthiness among male and female youth group members in recently formed primary cooperative businesses in Ethiopia. Male members are found to be more risk tolerant, trusting ...
  • Gender Digital Divide and Youth Business Group Leadership. 

    Holden, Stein Terje; Tilahun, Mesfin (CLTS Working paper;2018:5, Working paper, 2018)
    We assess the gender difference in mobile phone ownership among youth business group members, and how it affects election into leadership and group board positions in recently established rural youth business groups in ...
  • Probability weighting and input use intensity in a state-contingent framework 

    Holden, Stein Terje; Quiggin, John (CLTS Working paper;2017:8, Working paper, 2017)
    Climate risk represents an increasing threat to poor and vulnerable farmers in drought-prone areas of Africa. This study assesses the fertilizer adoption responses of food insecure farmers in Malawi, where Drought Tolerant ...
  • Defragmenting resource management on the southeast arm of Lake Malawi : case of fisheries 

    Ngochera, Maxon; Donda, Steve; Hara, Mafaniso; Berge, Erling (CLTS Working paper;2017:12, Working paper, 2017)
    The Southeast Arm of Lake Malawi catchment has a wide range of natural resources that require prudent management for sustainability and maximisation of benefits. The current management practice is government sector based, ...
  • Adoption of soil fertility management technologies in Malawi : impact of drought exposure 

    Holden, Stein Terje; Fisher, Monica; Katengeza, Samson P. (CLTS Working paper;2017:11, Working paper, 2017)
    Soil fertility management (SFM) technologies may potentially protect against climate risks, reduce nutrient depletion and enhance food security. In this paper, we study impact of drought exposure on adoption and adoption ...

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