Sharecropping, Insecure Land Rights and Land Titling Policies: A Case Study of Lac Alaotra, Madagascar

20 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2008

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Marc F. Bellemare

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics

Abstract

Sharecropping between poor landlords and rich tenants has hitherto been the subject of very little academic scrutiny. Given that such reverse share tenancy contracts are mostly at odds with the canonical risk-sharing explanation for sharecropping, this article discusses a rationale for them that relies on weak property rights as well as the legal doctrine of adverse possession, and tests it using data from Lac Alaotra, Madagascar, where this type of tenancy accounts for one-third of land rentals. The empirical findings are discussed in relation to recent land-reform policies by the Government of Madagascar, the World Bank, IFAD, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Suggested Citation

Bellemare, Marc F., Sharecropping, Insecure Land Rights and Land Titling Policies: A Case Study of Lac Alaotra, Madagascar. Development Policy Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 87-106, January 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1313912 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2009.00437.x

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