Why sharecropping? : explaining its presence and absence in Europe's vineyards, 1750-1950

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dc.contributor.author Carmona, Juan
dc.contributor.author Simpson, James
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola de Historia Económica
dc.date.accessioned 2007-09-14T11:32:03Z
dc.date.available 2007-09-14T11:32:03Z
dc.date.issued 2007-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/942
dc.description.abstract The traditional view that sharecropping was a cause of low productivity in European agriculture prior to the Second World War has been challenged by economic historians, and today the contact is often considered as efficient at reducing the monitoring costs associated with labour and allocation of risk between landowners and farmers, especially when capital markets were weak for working capital. Yet if sharecropping was a relatively efficient contract, why was it not found more often? This paper looks at the vine, a crop that was widespread in Europe and that has been central to the current debates. It argues that while the literature has been right to emphasise the importance of the high monitoring costs, it has ignored the equally important costs associated with dividing the harvest. These were sufficiently large to make the contract unattractive, except in the few cases where the landowner was prepared to be actively involved in wine making and its sale, such as was found in Beaujolais or Tuscany.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working papers in Economic History
dc.relation.ispartofseries 07-11
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Sharecropping
dc.subject.other French agriculture
dc.subject.other Wine history
dc.title Why sharecropping? : explaining its presence and absence in Europe's vineyards, 1750-1950
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.jel D24
dc.subject.jel L61
dc.subject.jel N13
dc.subject.jel N14
dc.subject.jel N63
dc.subject.jel N64
dc.subject.jel O47
dc.subject.eciencia Historia
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
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dc.identifier.repec wp07-11
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