Stein T. Holden       MY BLOGS

 

I am a professor in Development and Resource Economics in the School of Economics and Business at Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway. I am also an active member of the new Centre for Land Tenure Studies in our university that was established in 2011 and is a collaboration between four of our Departments.

 

Email address: stein.holden@nmbu.no

 

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My Profile with publications in Google Scholar

 

My Page atResearchGate

 

My areas of research interest include (click on topics to get lists of publications):

 

Countries where I have done most of my research include:

  • Africa: Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa 
  • Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Nepal  

 

I do much of my research in close collaboration with my current and ex- PhD-students. Most of our PhD-students have been from developing countries. I view this collaboration and investment in capacity-building as my most important contribution to development. At the same time we are required to publish internationally and that is also a very important way of disseminating information about our research and ensuring that we do good quality work.

 

Link to my pictures: Gallery

 

Current and recent activities:

Invited presentation at the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council International Workshop "Measuring the Poverty Impacts of Agricultural Research" on July 26, 2014, at Ruttan Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis:

"Agricultural Household Models and Heterogeneity: Exploring Input Subsidy Impacts in Malawi" By Stein Holden

 

Presentation at the Fifth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) 28 June - 2. July, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey:

"High Discount Rates: An Experimental Artifact of Caused by Poverty and Vulnerability?" By Stein Holden

 

Presentation at the Nordic Conference on Development Economics 16-17.June, 2014, Helsinki, Finland:

Joint Land Certification and Intra-household Decision-making: Towards Empowerment of Wives? By Stein Holden and Sosina Bezu, Powerpoint

 

Presentations at the World Bank Land and Poverty conference 24-27. March, 2014:

a)Joint Land Certification and Intra-household Decision-making: Towards Empowerment of Wives? By Stein Holden and Sosina Bezu (Oral presentation) Powerpoint (see GDR-04)

b) Are the Rural Youth in Ethiopia Abandoning Agriculture? By Sosina Bezu and Stein Holden (Poster presentation)

c) Diminishing Returns to First Stage Certification: Evidence from Tigray. By Hosaena Ghebru, Joao Rodrigues, and Stein Holden (Poster presentation)

 

Paper presented at the Norwegian Economists' Annual Conference, January 6-7th, 2014: "Intra-household Coordination, Cooperation and Pareto-efficiency: Lab-in-the-Field Hawk-Dove Game Experiments," by Stein T. Holden and Sosina Bezu.

 

NEW BOOK: Land Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa: Assessing Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management.Edited by Stein T. Holden, Keijiro Otsuka and Klaus Deininger. Palgrave Macmillan 2013. Table of Contents and Introduction.

Link1, Link2

 

 

2014

Journal papers:

 

Bezu, S. and Holden, S. T. (2014). Are Rural Youth in Ethiopia Abandoning Agriculture? World Development 64: 259272.Link

 

Bezu, S. and Holden, S. T. (2014). Demand for second-stage land certification in Ethiopia: Evidence from household panel data. Land Use Policy 41: 193205. Link

 

Mawejje, J. and Holden, S. T. (2014).Does social network capital buy higher agricultural prices? A case of coffee in Masaka district, Uganda. International Journal of Social Economics 41(7): 573-585. Link

 

Mawejje, J. and Holden, S. T. (2014).Social Capital, Shocks and Livestock Investments: Evidence from Masaka District, Uganda. International Journal of Development Issues 2(2): 98-112. Link

 

Holden, S. T. and Otsuka, K. (2014). The Roles of Land Tenure Reforms and Land Markets in the Context of Population Growth and Land Use Intensification in Africa. Food Policy 48: 8897 Link

 

Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2014). Input Subsidies, Cash Constraints and Timing of Input Supply. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(1): 290307. Link

 

New working papers: see www.nmbu.no/clts:

 

Holden, S. T. and Bezu, S. (2014) Joint Land Certification, Gendered Preferences, and Land-related Decisions: Are Wives Getting More Involved? CLTS Working Paper No. 6/2014. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway

 

Holden, S. T. (2014). Agricultural Household Models for Malawi: Household Heterogeneity, Market Characteristics, Agricultural Productivity, Input Subsidies, and Price Shocks. A Baseline Report. CLTS Working Paper No. 5/2014. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

Holden, S. T. and Bezu, S. (2014). Are Wives less Selfish than their Husbands? Evidence from Hawk-Dove Game Field Experiments. CLTS Working Paper No. 3/2014. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

Holden, S. T. (2014). Explaining anomalies in intertemporal choice: A mental zooming theory. CLTS Working Paper No. 2/2014. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

Legesse, B., Shively, G. and Holden, S. T. (2014). Does Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Program Improve Child Nutrition?. CLTS Working Paper No. 1/2014. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

 

2013

Presentations at workshop arranged by the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, Lands Directorate on August 26th, 2013, Addis Ababa, on Land Registraton and Certification in Ethiopia

CLTS-UMB/UN-Habitat workshop on "Youth, gender and land rights" at Litteraturhuset, Oslo, June 13th, 2013: Link

 

Journal papers and book chapters:

 

Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2013). Who Benefit from Malawi's Input Subsidy Program? Forum For Development Studies 40(1), 1-25. Link

 

Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management.Palgrave Macmillan. August 2013. Link

 

Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K.(2013). Land Tenure Reforms, Poverty and Natural Resource Management: Conceptual Framework. Chapter 1 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Aryal, J. and Holden, S. T. (2013). Caste Discrimination, Land Reforms and Land Market Performance in Nepal. Chapter 2 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan. Link

 

Holden, S. T. and Ghebru, H. (2013). Welfare Impacts of Land Certification in Tigray, Ethiopia. Chapter 6 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan. Link.

 

Tatwangire, A. and Holden, S. T. (2013). Land Market Participation and Farm Size-Productivity Relationship: Implications of Land Tenure Reforms in Uganda. Chapter 8 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan. Link.

 

Holden, S. T., Yi, Y., Jiang, X. and Xu, J.(2013). Tenure Security and Investment Effects of Forest Tenure Reform in China. Chapter 11 inHolden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management.Palgrave Macmillan. Link.

 

Mekonnen, A. Ghebru, H., Holden, S. T. and Kassie, M. (2013). Impact of Land Certification on Tree Growing on Private Plots of Rural Households: Evidence from Ethiopia. Chapter 13 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management.Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (2013). Conclusions. Chapter 16 in Holden, S., Otsuka, K. and Deininger, K. (Eds.) (2013). Land Tenure Reforms in Asia and Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Natural Resource Management. Palgrave Macmillan.

 

New working papers: see www.nmbu.no/clts:

 

Holden, Stein T.  and Keijiro Otsuka (2013). The Roles of Land Tenure Reforms and Land Markets in the Context of Population Growth and Land Use Intensification in Africa. CLTS Working Paper No. 15/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway. Paper accepted for publication in Food Policy

Holden, Stein T.  and Sosina Bezu (2013). Joint Land Certification and Intra-household Decision-making: Towards Empowerment of Wives?. CLTS Working Paper No. 14/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

Holden, Stein T. and Monica Fisher (2013). Can area measurement error explain the inverse farm size productivity relationship? CLTS Working Paper No. 12/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

Bezu, Sosina  and Stein T. Holden (2013). Land Access  and Youth Livelihood Opportunities in Southern Ethiopia CLTS Working Paper No. 11/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

Holden, Stein T. (2013). High discount rates: - An artifact caused by poorly framed experiments or a result of people being poor and vulnerable? CLTS Working Paper No. 8/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway. Paper presented at 8th Nordic Conference on Behavioral and Experimental Economics in Stockholm, September 27‐28thand the 2013 Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC) to be held from December 5-6, 2013, at the Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway. 

 

Holden, Stein T. and Julius Mangisoni (2013). Input subsidies and improved maize varieties in Malawi: - What can we learn from the impacts in a drought year? CLTS Working Paper No. 7/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

Holden, Stein T. (2013). Input subsidies and demand for improved maize: Relative prices and household heterogeneity matter! CLTS Working Paper No. 6/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

Holden, Stein T. (2013). Amazing maize in Malawi: Input subsidies, factor productivity and land use intensification. CLTS Working Paper No. 4/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

Bezu, Sosina and Stein T. Holden (2013). Unbundling Land Administrative Reform: Demand for Second Stage Land Certification in Ethiopia. CLTS Working Paper No. 3/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

Ghebru, Hosaena  and Stein T. Holden (2013). Links between Tenure Security and Food Security: Evidence from Ethiopia. CLTS Working Paper No. 2/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

Bezu, Sosina  and Stein T. Holden (2013). Generosity and social distance in dictator game field experiments with and without a face. CLTS Working Paper No. 1/2013. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s, Norway.

 

I presented the paper "Generosity and social distance in dictator game field experiments with and without a face", coauthored with Sosina Bezu at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Association of Economists, Stavanger University, January 7-8, 2013. This is an output from our research project "Joint Land Certification: Towards Empowerment or Marginalization?", funded under FRISAM in the Research Council of Norway. Powerpoint

 

UMB-CLTS arranged a worskhop on Large Scale Land Acquisitions at Litteraturhuset, Oslo, on November 28, 2012, see Link

 

Invited lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Socioeconomics Program of International Mazie and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) 19-24. November 2012 at Mt. Kenya Safari Club, Kenya:"Farm Household Behavior under Imperfect Markets and Implications for Research and Policy"

 

Presentation at the international workshop "Evaluating the Impact of Tenure Security Interventions in Developing Countries" at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington, DC, on November 2nd, 2012: "Links between Tenure Security and Food Security: Evidence from Ethiopia."

 

My presentation at Norfund, Aker Brygge, Oslo on October 31, 2012:"Development Impact of Agricultural Investment Projects" (in Norwegian)."

 

Uma Leles Award to Best Contributed Paper on Gender

The paper "The Role of Land Certification in Reducing Gender Gaps in Productivity in Rural Ethiopia" written by Mintewab Bezabih, Stein T. Holden and Andrea Mannberg, was given the "Uma Leles Award to Best Contributed Paper on Gender" at the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), "The Global Bio-Economy" at Iguassu Falls, Cataratas, Brazil, August 18-24, 2012.

 

I am involved in a new research project  "Economics of maize based farming systems for faster technology adoption and sustainable intensification pathways in Eastern and Southern Africa (Adoption Pathways project),in cooperation with CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - www.cimmyt.org/). This is a four year project (2012-2016) financed by the Australian government. The project will assess the potential of improved drought-tolerant maize varieties and establishment of more climate-robust farming systems in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.

 

I am involved in the research project "Measuring the Poverty and Food Security Impacts of Improved Maize in Africa: A Combined Econometric and Micro-Economywide Modeling Approach" in collaboration with CIMMYT, Michigan State University, University of Malawi and University of Zambia. The project is funded by the Gates Foundation under the CGIAR Standing Panel on Impact Assessment. The project period is 2011-2013.

 

My papers with Rodney Lunduka and Hosaena Ghebru to be presented at the 28th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, The Global Bio-Economy at Iguassu Falls, Cataratas, Brazil, August 18-24, 2012: "Input Subsidies, Cash Constraints and Timing of Input Supply: -Experimental Evidence from Malawi"and "Reverse Share Tenancy and Marshallian Inefficiency: Bargaining Power of Landowners under the Sharecroppers' Productivity"

 

We arranged an international Land Tenure Reform book workshop on May 29-30, 2012, at Jevnaker, Norway. I am co-editing the book with professor Keijiro Otsuka, Tokyo, and lead economist Klaus Deininger, The World Bank. Program for the workshop

 

I was key note speaker on the international workshop on large-scale agricultural investments on 11 May 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, arranged by The German Institute of Global and Area Studies. My presentation: "Uncertainty about Future Impacts of Large Land Acquisitions by International Investors in Africa, with Ethiopia as a Case".For further information about the workshop, see the web page.

I presented the paper "Command and control: How does it work? The case of land market restrictions in Ethiopia" in the World Bank Land and Poverty conference April 23-26, 2012. Paper

 

I am project leader for a new research project (2012-2014) with the title "Joint Certification and Household Land Allocation: - Towards Empowerment or Marginalization?"  that is financed by the Research Council of Norway. Sosina Bezu is employed as a researcher on the project. You find the blog for the project here.

 

2008-2012

Journal papers:

 

Gebregziabher, G., Namara, R. E. and Holden, S. T.(2012). Technical Efficiency of Irrigated and Rain-Fed Smallholder Agriculture in Tigray, Ethiopia: A Comparative Stochastic Frontier Production Function Analysis. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 51 (3), 203-226. Abstract

 

Bezu, S.,  Barrett, C. and  Holden, S. T. (2012). Does the nonfarm economy offer pathways for upward mobility? Evidence from a panel data study in Ethiopia.  World Development 40(8), 1634-1646. Link

 

Aryal, J. P. and Holden, S. T. (2012). Livestock and Land Share Contracts in a Hindu Society. Agricultural Economics 43, 1-14.Link Earlier version.

 

Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2012). Do Fertilizer Subsidies Crowd Out Organic Manures? The Case of Malawi. Agricultural Economics 43, 301-312. Link

 

Kassie, M., Khlin, G., Bluffstone, R., and Holden, S. T. (2011). Are soil conservation technologies "win-win?" A case study of Anjeni in the north-western Ethiopian highlands. Natural resources forum 35(2), 89-99. Abstract.Paper.

 

Gebregziabher, G. and Holden, S. T. (2011). Distress Rentals and the Land Rental Market as a Safety Net: Evidence from Tigray, Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics 42, 45-60. Abstract

 

Gebregziabher, G. and Holden, S. T. (2011). Does Irrigation Enhance and Food Deficits Discourage Fertilizer Adoption in a Risky Environment? Eveidence from Tigray, Ethiopia. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics 3(10), 514-528. Link Summary

 

Hagos, F. and Holden, S. T. (2011). Fertilizer Use by Smallholder Households in Northern Ethiopia: Does Risk Aversion Matter? In R. A. Bluffstone and G. Khlin (eds.) Agricultural Investment and Productivity. Building Sustainability in East Africa. RFF Press, Washington, DC & London.

 

Holden, S. T., Deininger, K. and Ghebru, H. (2011). Tenure Insecurity, Gender, Low-cost Land Certification and Land Rental Market Participation. Journal of Development Studies 47(1), 31-47. Link. Earlier version

 

Holden, S. T. (2010). Rethinking Development in Africa: Is it Power Traps or Poverty Traps that Block Development? The Nordic Africa Institute website: Link

 

Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2010). The Political Economy of

Targeted Input Subsidies in Malawi. Paper presented at the NFU conference, Oslo, 25-26.November, 2010. Link

 

Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2010). Too Poor to be Efficient? Impacts of the Targeted Fertilizer Subsidy Program in Malawi on Farm Plot Level Input Use, Crop Choice and Land Productivity. Report to NORAD. Department of Economics and Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s.

Link to paper. Link to blog briefs.

  

Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2010).  Impacts of the fertilizer subsidy program in Malawi: Targeting, household perceptions and preferences. Report to NORAD. Department of Economics and Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, s. Link to paper. Link to blog briefs.

 

Holden, S. T. and Lunduka, R. (2010). Yara, the Fertilizer Industry and the Impacts on Small Farmers in Malawi. Understanding the Issues 1/2010. Norwegian Church Aid, Lilongwe and Oslo. See: Link

 

Holden, S. T. and Sietchiping, R. (2010). Land, Environment and Climate Change. Challenges, Responses and Tools. Global Land Tools Network, UNHABITAT, Nairobi. See: Link

 

Holden, S. T. and Bezabih, M. (2008). Gender and Land Productivity on Rented Out Land: Evidence from Ethiopia. In Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Place, F. (Eds.). The Emergence of Land Markets in Africa: Impacts on Poverty and Efficiency. Resources For the Future Press, Washington D.C. See: Link 

 

Holden, S. T., Otsuka, K. and Place, F. (Eds) (2008). The Emergence of Land Markets in Africa: Impacts on Poverty, Equity and Efficiency. Resources For the Future Press, WashingtonD.C. Here

 

Holden, S. T., Deininger, K. and Ghebru, H. (2009). Impacts of Low-cost Land Certification on Investment and Productivity. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91 (2):359-373. See: Abstract

 

Benjaminsen, T. A., Holden, S. T., Lund, C. and Sjaastad, E. (2009). Formalisation of land rights: Some empirical evidence from Mali, Niger and South Africa. Land Use Policy 26: 2835. See: Abstract

 

Bezu, S. and Holden, S. T. (2008). Can Food-for-Work Encourage Agricultural Production? Food Policy 33(5): 541-549. See: Abstract

 

Deininger, K., Ali, D., Holden, S. T. og Zevenbergen, J. (2008). Rural land certification in Ethiopia: Process, initial impact, and implications for the other African countries. World Developmen 36(10): 1786-1812. See: Abstract

 

 

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