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Title: The Effects on Agrarian Contracts of a Governmental Intervention into Bonded Labor in the Western Terai of Nepal
Authors: Hatlebakk, Magnus
Keywords: Tied labor
Agrarian institutions
Nepal
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Chr. Michelsen Institute
Series/Report no.: CMI Working paper
WP 2006: 6
Abstract: We study an effective intervention into a specific form of bonded labor. The intervention led to a shift in agrarian contracts, from bonded labor to sharecropping. By comparing the pre- and post-liberation contracts we evaluate theoretical models of agrarian contracts. We suggest three mechanisms that jointly explain why landlords offered bonded labor contracts pre-liberation. One mechanism we apply to define bonded labor in contrast to tied labor. The mechanism, where the outside option as casual labor is endogenously determined by the choice of long-term contract, implies a trade-off for the landlord between efficiency and redistribution of surplus.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10202/56
ISBN: 82-8062-145-8
ISSN: 0804-3639
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