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Tenant characteristics and the choice of tenurial contracts in rural India

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  • Ananish Chaudhuri

    (Washington State University, Richland, WA, USA)

  • Pushkar Maitra

    (Department of Economics, Monash University, Australia)

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Existing theoretical models of land tenancy predict that more experienced workers will be offered tenancy contracts while the less experienced ones will be offered wage contracts. Using data from three Indian villages we map from the set of agent and plot-level characteristics to the set of contracts offered on each plot. We find that tenants are older than wage labourers. In the set of tenants, older workers tend to be cash renters. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Ananish Chaudhuri & Pushkar Maitra, 2001. "Tenant characteristics and the choice of tenurial contracts in rural India," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(2), pages 169-181.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:13:y:2001:i:2:p:169-181
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.722
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    1. 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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