Principles of Agricultural Economics

Author: David Colman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521336642
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This textbook addresses the main economic principles required by agricultural economists involved in rural development. The principles of 'micro-economics' or 'price-theory' are of relevance to economists everywhere, but this book reinforces the message of their relevance for rural development by explaining the theory in the specific context of the agricultural and food sectors of developing countries. Hypothetical and actual empirical illustrations drawn almost exclusively from such countries distinguish this book from other economic principles texts that draw their examples almost invariably from industrialised countries, and also from books more oriented to the issue of rural development. The first half of the book deals with the underlying principles of production, supply and demand. These are essential tools for the study and management of the agricultural sector and food markets. In the second half, supply and demand are bought together into a chapter of equilibrium and exchange. This is followed by chapters on trade and the theory of economic welfare. In the final chapter it is shown that much of the material in the earlier chapters can be combined by agricultural economists into a system for analysing and comparing the effects of alternative agricultural policies. The ability of agricultural economics to provide a consistent framework for the analysis of policy problems thus enables it to make a key contribution to rural development.

Agricultural Policies in Developing Countries

Author: Frank Ellis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521395847
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Policies that influence the prices of farm input and output, modify agricultural institutions, and promote new technologies are examined as methods used by governments to alter the environment of agricultural production.

Peasant Economics

Author: Frank Ellis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521457118
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This is a revised and expanded edition of a popular textbook on the economics of farm households in developing countries. The second edition retains the same building blocks designed to explore household decision-making in a social context. Key topics are efficiency, risk, time allocation, gender, agrarian contracts, farm size and technological change. For these and other topics, household economic behaviour represents the outcome of social interactions within the household, and market interactions outside the household. A new chapter on the environment combines exposition of economic tools not previously covered in the book with examination of household and community decision-making in relation to environmental resources.

Prices Products and People

Author: Gregory J. Scott
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
ISBN: 9781555876098
Format: PDF
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Markets for agricultural commodities in developing countries are changing rapidly. This study addresses the critical task of understanding these ongoing changes and responding with effective marketing arrangements. It offers a series of applied methods for data collection and analysis.