Land Property Rights and Economic Development in Urban Areas: a Systematic Literature Review

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We perform a systematic literature review on the effects of land titling interventions on several economic and social outcomes. We examine theoretical studies on subject and identify most relevant outcome variables and suitable study designs. We identify six quantitative studies and evaluate their findings in order to gain knowledge on mechanisms through which land titling interventions affect economic development in urban areas. We find that according to empirical evidence, effects operate mainly through higher perceived tenure security and increases in investment incentives. Low number of eligible studies emphasizes the need for further research on
economic and social outcomes of land property rights in urban areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFIG Working Week 2017
Subtitle of host publicationSurveying the world of tomorrow - From digitalization to augmented reality
PublisherInternational Federation of Surveyors
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-92853-61-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventFIG Working Week - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 29 May 20172 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings : FIG Working Week
ISSN (Electronic)2307-4086


ConferenceFIG Working Week
Abbreviated titleFIG


  • land property rights
  • land titling
  • literature overview
  • economic development

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