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Agricultural policies in developing countries [Monograph]Companion website
Ellis, F. \ 1992
agricultural policy - green revolution - economics - government policy - agricultural law - developing countries

This textbook considers the methods used by governments to change the economic and social framework within which agricultural production takes place: by influencing the prices of farm inputs and outputs, by modifying agricultural institutions, and by promoting new technologies in agriculture. The book is organised around a central set of eight policy chapters, covering topics of price policy, marketing policy, input policy, credit policy, mechanisation policy, land reform policy, research policy and irrigation policy. These chapters are preceded by material covering the nature of policy, in the context of the market versus state debate, and the principles used by economists to undertake agricultural policy analysis. They are followed by chapters that examine the status of women in agricultural policy, and that summarise aspects of food policy not covered in the main chapters. This book is designed for undergraduate and graduate students taking courses related to agricultural policy, agricultural economics, or rural development in developing countries. It will also be accessible to the non-specialist reader who wishes to obtain an overview of the individual policy topics covered.


Used in course: DEC-53306 Economics and Policy of Agricultural Development
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Agriculture for development [Monograph]
Byerlee, D. \ Janvry, A. de \ International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The World Bank \ cop. 2007
agricultural development - economic development - agricultural policy - agricultural economics - agricultural situation - poverty - developing countries - world bank - agricultural households - agricultural trade - innovations - development economics - economic change - sustainable development

Focuses on three themes, namely identifying new sources of growth for agriculture, making agriculture more effective for poverty reduction, and managing the transitions that accompany the transformation of agriculture as economies develop.


Used in course: DEC-53306 Economics and Policy of Agricultural Development
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Development economics [Monograph]
Ray, D. \ 1998
economic development - economics - developing countries

The study of development in low-income countries is attracting more attention around the world than ever before. Yet until now there has been no comprehensive text that incorporates the huge strides made in the subject over the past decade. Development Economics does precisely that in a clear, rigorous, and elegant fashion. Debraj Ray, one of the most accomplished theorists in development economics today, presents in this book a synthesis of recent and older literature in the field and raises important questions that will help to set the agenda for future research. He covers such vital subjects as theories of economic growth, economic inequality, poverty and undernutrition, population growth, trade policy, and the markets for land, labor, and credit. A common point of view underlies the treatment of these subjects: that much of the development process can be understood by studying factors that impede the efficient and equitable functioning of markets. Diverse topics such as the new growth theory, moral hazard in land contracts, information-based theories of credit markets, and the macroeconomic implications of economic inequality come under this common methodological umbrella. The book takes the position that there is no single cause for economic progress, but that a combination of factors--among them the improvement of physical and human capital, the reduction of inequality, and institutions that enable the background flow of information essential to market performance--consistently favor development. Ray supports his arguments throughout with examples from around the world. The book assumes a knowledge of only introductory economics and explains sophisticated concepts in simple, direct language, keeping the use of mathematics to a minimum. Development Economics will be the definitive textbook in this subject for years to come. It will prove useful to researchers by showing intriguing connections among a wide variety of subjects that are rarely discussed together in the same book. And it will be an important resource for policy-makers, who increasingly find themselves dealing with complex issues of growth, inequality, poverty, and social welfare.


Used in course: DEC-53306 Economics and Policy of Agricultural Development
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