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Agrarian Contracts in Retrospect: Two Bihari Villages in 1970

Bell, Clive

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Abstract

The object of this essay is to describe and analyse contractual relations in two villages in North-east Bihar at a time when the so-called ‘green revolution’ promised much and the region had just started to benefit from canal irrigation. It is against this historical background that I will examine, with the benefit of hindsight, the functioning of the markets for labour and tenancies, and their interplay with those for draught power and credit. Theory sheds much light on why such richly diverse arrangements prevailed, but despite notable subsequent advances, it still leaves certain important questions without a fully satisfactory answer.

Item Type: Working paper
Series Name: Discussion Paper Series, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics
Volume: 0622
Place of Publication: Heidelberg
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 09:54
Date: November 2016
Number of Pages: 49
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies > Alfred-Weber-Institut for Economics
Subjects: 330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: agrarian contracts, Bihar, village studies
Schriftenreihe ID: Discussion Paper Series / University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics
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