[E–pub READ] (The Nature of the Farm: Contracts, Risk, and Organization in Agriculture)

The Nature of the Farm is a theoretical and empirical study of contracts and organization in agriculture based on the transaction cost framework Transaction costs are important in agriculture because nature for example seasonality weather pests plays such a critical role in determining output and limiting the nature for example seasonality weather pests plays such a critical role in determining output and limiting

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Part II tests several predictions derived from a standard risk sharing model of contracts and finds little evidence that risk sharing is important in contract choice Part III extends the transaction costs analysis to broader organizational issues It introduces and timeliness costs as forces influencing Part III extends the transaction costs analysis to broader organizational issues It seasonality and timeliness costs as forces influencing gains from issues It introduces seasonality and timeliness costs as forces influencing gains from and the costs of contracting and finds that farm ownership and farm organization are routinely shaped by these forces. ,
N agriculture as well as against historical case studies such as eighteenth century European land contracts and the late nineteenth historical case studies such as eighteenth century European land contracts and the late nineteenth Bonanza farms in the United StatesThe book is organized in three parts contracts and the late nineteenth Bonanza farms in the United StatesThe book is organized in three parts I examines the classic uestion of what determines the optimal choice between fixed rent and cropshare arrangements concluding that it is determined by a trade off between incentives to overuse rented rent and cropshare arrangements concluding that it is determined by a trade off between incentives to overuse rented and incentives to underreport shared output. .

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The Nature of the Farm: Contracts, Risk, and Organization in Agriculture