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Sharecropping and Investment in Agriculture in Early Modern France

Hoffman, Philip T. (1981) Sharecropping and Investment in Agriculture in Early Modern France. Social Science Working Paper, 406. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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This paper examines the wave of investment in agriculture in 16th and 17th century France, a movement with parallels throughout Western Europe. After dismissing the explanations advanced by most historians, I argue that the investment in agriculture resulted from royal tax policy. I then consider the predilection investors showed for sharecropping and suggest that this predilection can be explained in light of modern economic theories of share contracts.

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Additional Information:Published as Hoffman, Philip T. "Sharecropping and investment in agriculture in early modern France." The Journal of Economic History 42.1 (1982): 155-159.
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Issue or Number:406
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