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Skills, Partnerships and Tenancy in Sri Lankan Rice Farms

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  • DeSilva, S.

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This paper examines whether sharecroppers and fixed-rent tenants in the rice farms of South Asia are distinguished by their farming skills. The idea that fixed-rent contracts are typically given to relatively skilled tenants dates back to the agricultural (tenancy) ladder hypothesis of Spillman [1919]. The screening models [e.g. Hallagan 1978] that have attempted to formalize this idea assume that landlords do not observe the tenants' skill levels. The second part of the paper empirically explores this result with household-level data from Sri Lanka. A two-stage model that distinguishes the choice of contract from the extent of land leased is used. The results clearly show that relatively skilled farmers are more likely to become fixed-rent tenants.

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Paper provided by Yale - Economic Growth Center in its series Papers with number 819.

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Length: 62 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:yalegr:819

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Keywords: AGRICULTURE ; LABOUR ; HOUSEHOLD;

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  1. Ruben G. Echeverría & Nayra Bello O'Shanahan & Alain de Janvry & Karen Macours & Elisabeth Sadoulet & Pedro Juan del Rosario & Horacio Sánchez, 2002. "El acceso a la tierra en la agenda de desarrollo rural," IDB Publications 55218, Inter-American Development Bank.
  2. Deininger, Klaus & Ali, Daniel Ayalew & Alemu, Tekie, 2011. "Productivity effects of land rental markets in Ethiopia : Evidence from a matched tenant-landlord sample," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5727, The World Bank.
  3. Deininger, Klaus & Jin, Songqing & Yadav, Vandana, 2012. "Does sharecropping affect productivity and long-term investment ? evidence from West Bengal's tenancy reforms," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6293, The World Bank.

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