Incentives, Supervision, and Sharecropper Productivity
30 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: February 1, 2007
Although sharecropping has long fascinated economists, the determinants of this contractual form are still poorly understood and the debate over the extent of moral hazard is far from settled. The authors address both issues by emphasizing the role of landlord supervision. When tenant effort is observable, but at a cost to the landlord, otherwise identical share-tenants can receive different levels of supervision and have different productivity. Unique data on monitoring frequency collected from share-tenants in rural Pakistan confirm that, controlling for selection, supervised tenants are significantly more productive than unsupervised ones. Landlords' decisions regarding the intensity of supervision and the type of incentive contract to offer depend importantly on the cost of supervising tenants.
Keywords: Contract Law, Economic Theory & Research, Investment and Investment Climate, Municipal Housing and Land, Urban Housing
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