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The Emergence of Land Markets in Africa by Frank M Place, Keijiro Otsuka, Stein T Holden

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CHAPTER 10

Kinship, Tenure Insecurity,

Input Use, and Land Productivity

The Case of Sharecropping in Ethiopia

MENALE KASSIE AND STEIN T. HOLDEN

imagehere have been many empirical studies of efficiency of sharecropping, especially in Asia (Otsuka and Hayami 1988). Most empirical studies compare the efficiency of sharecroppers with owner-operators and fixed-rent tenants, and have failed to control well for tenant and plot characteristics. Most studies have also failed to explain why specific sharecroppers are efficient or not. Exceptions include Sadoulet et al. (1997) who found sharecroppers with a kinship relationship with the landlord not to be affected ...

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