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Sharecropping and Investment in Agriculture in Early Modern France


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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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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