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Contract Duration and the Division of Labor in Agricultural Land Leases

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  • Jonathan Yoder
  • Ishrat Hossain
  • Francis Eppin
  • Damona Doye

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    (School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University)

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Short-term contracts provide weak incentives for durable input investment if post-contract asset transfer is difficult. Our model shows that when both agents provide inputs, optimal contract length balances weak incentives of one agent against the other. This perspective broadens the existing contract duration literature, which emphasizes the tradeoff between risk sharing and contract costs. We develop hypotheses and test them based on private grazing contracts from the Southern Great Plains. We find broad support for the implications of our model. For example, landowners provide durable land-specific inputs more often under annual versus multiyear contracts.

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Paper provided by School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University in its series Working Papers with number 2005-6.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wsu:wpaper:yoder-3

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Keywords: land lease contracts; moral hazard; contract duration; division of labor.;

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  1. Beyene, Abebe D. & Bezabih, Mintewab & Gebreegziabher, Zenebe, 2012. "Contract Duration under Incomplete Land Ownership Rights: Empirical Evidence from Rural Ethiopia," Discussion Papers dp-12-09-efd, Resources For the Future.
  2. Vondolia, Godwin K., 2011. "What do respondents bring into contingent valuation? A comparison of monetary and labour payment vehicles," Working Papers in Economics 508, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  3. Vondolia, Godwin Kofi & Eggert, Hakan & Navrud, Stale & Stage, Jesper, 2011. "What Do Respondents Bring to Contingent Valuation? A Comparison of Monetary and Labor Payment Vehicles," Discussion Papers dp-11-13-efd, Resources For the Future.

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