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Caste, Land and Labor Market Imperfections, and Land Productivity in Rural Nepal

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  • Aryal, Jeetendra P.

    (Department of Economics and Resource Management)

  • Holden, Stein T.

    ()
    (Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB))

Abstract

This paper provides new evidence on the caste-related land productivity differential and its explanations in rural Nepal using household plot panel data. Low-caste households are found to have significantly higher land productivity on their owner-operated plots as compared to high-caste households. A comparison between the rented in land of low-caste and the owneroperated land of high-caste households showed that the former has significantly higher land productivity. No significant Marshallian inefficiency was found in the case of low-caste tenant households. Land productivity differences are explained by transaction costs in the labor market and caste discrimination rather than the disincentive effect of sharecropping

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Paper provided by Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences in its series CLTS Working Papers with number 6/11.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 06 Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nlsclt:2011_006

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Keywords: land productivity; high-caste landlords; low-caste tenants; transaction costs; sharecropping; market imperfections; Nepal;

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  1. Aryal, Jeetendra P. & Holden, Stein T., 2011. "Caste Discrimination, Land Reforms and Land Market Performance in Nepal," CLTS Working Papers 1/11, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

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