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Economic Theory and Sharecropping in Early Modern France

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Hoffman, Philip T.
Date: 1983
Agency: Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Series: Social Science Working Paper, no. 496
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5754
Sector: History
Social Organization
Region: Europe
Subject(s): economic theory
sharecropping
Abstract: "This paper uses a simple economic model of contract choice to explain the growth of sharecropping in sixteenth - and seventeenth - century France— a topic that figures in much of the social and economic history of the period. The theory turns out to fit both qualitative and quantitative evidence, and although the results are as yet only preliminary, the theory does provide a better account of the spread of sharecropping than the explanations early modern historians have tended to rely upon."

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