Land Ownership Inequality and Rural Factor Markets in Turkey: A Study for Critically Evaluating…

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byFatma Gül Ünal

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A thorough analysis of the interconnection between inequality and rural factor markets, Ünal's work focuses on the intersection of agriculture and inequality. She uses Turkey as a case study to investigate the effectiveness and efficiency of land and labor markets in spreading economic opportunities within agriculture and its ability to reduce rural poverty. The core theme in this timely book is the 'connectedness' between land ownership disparity and how markets mediate economic opportunities to people.

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A thorough analysis of the interconnection between inequality and rural factor markets, Ünal's work focuses on the intersection of agriculture and inequality. She uses Turkey as a case study to investigate the effectiveness and efficiency of land and labor markets in spreading economic opportunities within agriculture and its ability t...

Fatma Gül ünal has taught Economics at Bard College at Simon's Rock, Bucknell University, and at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where she is a staff economist at the Center for Popular Economics.  She currently works as an economist for the United Nations Development Programme Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Ne...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 8.56 × 5.67 × 0.72 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230120210

ISBN - 13:9780230120211

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Introduction: Why Agriculture? A Portrait of Turkish Agriculture: Inequality and its Discontents Sharecropping or Fixed Rent Tenancy? Testing For Inverse Size-Yield Relationship in Turkish AgricultureConclusions

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"Fatma Gül ünal exposes the historic and geographic basis of Turkey's rural poverty and land inequality, which have recently increased, despite general economic success. Her new fieldwork confirms that - contrary to prevailing prejudice - smaller, more equal farms, reliant on family rather than hired labour, are more efficient than larger, machine-intensive farms in most of Turkey, mainly because labor-management is less costly. Yet, as this excellent book shows, exclusive reliance on markets cannot reduce Turkey's land inequality, so land reform is needed for efficient farming - as well as to reduce rural unemployment and poverty, and hence ethnic, regional, and class tensions." - Michael Lipton, member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute, London, and recipient of Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought