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Title: Preferences for forms of land conservation investment in the Ethiopian Highlands: A household plot-level analysis of the roles of poverty, tenure security and market incentives
Authors: Bekele, W.G. 
Schneider, F.G. 
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Environment and Development Economics 
Abstract: This study used the multinomial logistic model to examine the factors leading to differences in farm-households' preferences for various forms of land conservation measures. Using a survey of 4,795 household-plots in rural Ethiopia, the study demonstrates the inappropriateness of pooling different forms of land conservation investments in preference studies. The results suggest that poverty drives farm-households towards conservation measures which are more short term and which entail the expenditure of less skill. While tenure security has a mixed effect on such preferences, market access seems not to matter for preference decisions. Further, farm-households consider the characteristics of the plot in their preference, which also vary across villages. This study shows that a farm-household's preference is a complex decision. Major changes in conservation investments on the part of farm-households will require attention to many factors, since no single factor exerts enough control to be used solitarily as a major policy leverage instrument. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2015.
DOI: 10.1017/S1355770X1500011X
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