Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers in Economics,
University of Bergen, Department of Economics

No 02/04: Attached Labor in Nepal: A Field-Study of Landlord-Labor Relations that are Misrepresented in the Nepal-LSMS data

Magnus Hatlebakk ()
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Magnus Hatlebakk: University of Bergen, Department of Economics, Postal: Hermann Fossgt. 6, N-5007 Bergen, Norway

Abstract: Abstract: In the LSMS data for Nepal most agricultural laborers report daily wages, while econometric analysis on the data indicates that, for many villages, the laborers actually have long-term contracts. We have visited some of the villages to solve this puzzle. We find that in some cases the daily wages are actually part of attached labor contracts that are not reported in the LSMS data. We go on to describe the variation in benefits and threats landlords apply to keep the laborers at a wage below the competitive wage, and we discuss a policy implication of the misrepresentation of data.

Keywords: Qualitative data; tied labor

JEL-codes: C81; J43; O12

36 pages, March 2, 2004

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