Sen, Debapriya (2009): A theory of sharecropping: the role of price behavior and imperfect competition.
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This paper proposes a theory of sharecropping on the basis of price behavior in agriculture and imperfectly competitive nature of rural product markets. We consider a contractual setting between one landlord and one tenant with seasonal variation of price, where the tenant receives a low price for his output while the landlord can sell his output at a higher price by incurring a cost of storage. We consider two different classes of contracts: (i) tenancy contracts and (ii) crop-buying contracts. It is shown that sharecropping is the optimal form within tenancy contracts and it also dominates crop-buying contracts provided the price variation is not too large. Then we consider interlinked contracts that have both tenancy and crop-buying elements and show that there are multiple optimal interlinked contracts. Finally, proposing an equilibrium refinement that incorporates imperfect competition in the rural product market, it is shown that the unique contract that is robust to this refinement results in sharecropping.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||A theory of sharecropping: the role of price behavior and imperfect competition|
|Keywords:||Sharecropping, price variation, imperfect competition, tenancy contracts, crop-buying contracts, interlinkage, the epsilon-agent|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D23 - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J43 - Agricultural Labor Markets
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O17 - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
D - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D02 - Institutions: Design, Formation, and Operations
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q1 - Agriculture > Q15 - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O12 - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
|Depositing User:||Debapriya Sen|
|Date Deposited:||29. Apr 2009 07:29|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 17:53|
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