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Insecure Land Rights and Share Tenancy: Evidence from Madagascar

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  • Marc F. Bellemare

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Most studies of tenurial insecurity focus on its effects on investment. This paper studies the hitherto unexplored relationship between tenurial insecurity and land tenancy contracts. Based on distinct features of formal law and customary rights in Madagascar, this paper augments the canonical model of sharecropping by making the strength of the landlord’s property right increasing in the amount of risk she bears within the contract. Using data on landlords’ subjective perceptions in rural Madagascar, empirical tests support the hypothesis that insecure property rights drive contract choice but offer little support in favor of the canonical risk sharing hypothesis.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 88 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 155-180

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:88:y:2012:i:1:p:155-180

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  1. Holden, Stein & Otsuka, Keijiro, 2013. "The Roles of Land Tenure Reforms and Land Markets in the Context of Population Growth and Land Use Intensification in Africa," CLTS Working Papers 15/13, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
  2. Perrine Burnod & Nicole ANDRIANIRINA & Céline Boue & Flore Gubert & Nelly Rakoto-Tiana & Julia Vaillant & Rado Rabeantoandro & Raphaël Rotovoarinony, 2012. "Land reform and certification in Madagascar: does perception of tenure security matter and change?," Working Papers 224046, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
  3. Wendyam Ulrich Wilfried Zombre & Emmanuelle Bouquet & Jean-Philippe Colin, 2013. "Contraintes de financement et choix contractuel sur le marché du faire-valoir indirect à Madagascar," Working Papers 226293, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.

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