The Conditions of Agricultural Growth: The Economics of Agrarin Change under Population Pressure

Paperback | August 29, 2005

byEster BoserupForeword byNicholas KaldorIntroduction byVirginia Deane Abernethy

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This book sets out to investigate the process of agrarian change from new angles and with new results. It starts on firm ground rather than from abstract economic theory. Upon its initial appearance, it was heralded as "a small masterpiece, which economic historians should read--and not simply quote"--Giovanni Frederico, Economic History Services.

The Conditions of Agricultural Growth remains a breakthrough in the theory of agricultural development. In linking ethnography with economy, developmental studies reached new heights. Whereas "development" had been seen previously as the transformation of traditional communities by the introduction (or imposition) of new technologies, Ester Boserup argues that changes and improvements occur from within agricultural communities, and that improvements are governed not simply by external interference, but by those communities themselves Using extensive analyses of the costs and productivity of the main systems of traditional agriculture, Ester Boserup concludes that technical, economic, and social changes are unlikely to take place unless the community concerned is exposed to the pressure of population growth.

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This book sets out to investigate the process of agrarian change from new angles and with new results. It starts on firm ground rather than from abstract economic theory. Upon its initial appearance, it was heralded as "a small masterpiece, which economic historians should read--and not simply quote"--Giovanni Frederico, Economic Histo...

Ester Boserup was a Danish economist who spent many years researching the problems of economic development and agriculture for the United Nations and acted as economic consultant for other international bodies. She studied in India under Gunnar Myrdal. She died in 1999. Virginia Deane Abernethy is professor emeritus of Psychiatry [A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:137 pages, 9.02 × 6.03 × 0.34 inPublished:August 29, 2005Publisher:Aldine TransactionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:020230793X

ISBN - 13:9780202307930

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