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Agricultural Development

Edited by Christopher B. Barrett

Routledge – 2011 – 1,760 pages

Series: Critical Concepts in Development Studies

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Virtually all national cases of rapid, widespread progress from poverty to wealth have been causally associated with the transformation of agricultural systems. From eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe and North America to late twentieth-century East Asia, striking increases in agricultural productivity, improvements in food safety, and the markedly reduced costs of food distribution have dramatically bettered the quantity, quality, and variety of food available at lower prices. Around the globe, these agricultural advances have permitted unprecedented growth in incomes, life expectancy, and other quality-of-life indicators, and have decreased the risk of chronic or acute malnutrition. Furthermore, increased investment in education and non-agricultural activities in developed economies has also been enabled.

Understanding the process of agricultural development is therefore central to most contemporary research and advanced study in development studies, agricultural economics, and cognate areas. To enable users to make sense of the subject’s vast literature and the continuing explosion in research output, Routledge is pleased to announce this new four-volume collection from our 'Critical Concepts in Development Studies' series. Edited by a leading scholar in the field, Agricultural Development brings together, in one easy-to-use resource, the foundational and the very best cutting-edge scholarship in agricultural development. It provides a thorough review of the evolution of agricultural development, integrating theoretical and empirical research.

With a full index, chronological table of contents, and also supplemented by an extensive introductory essay, newly written by the collection’s editor, which summarizes the state of the subdiscipline and outlines its history, Agricultural Development is an essential reference work for academic researchers, policy practitioners, and students alike.



Volume I: Agricultural Development and Economic Growth

1. C. B. Barrett, ‘The Economics of Agricultural Development: An Overview’ (2011) (new for this collection).

2. J. M. Staatz and C. K. Eicher, ‘Agricultural Development Ideas in Historical Perspective’, in C. K. Eicher and J. M. Staatz (eds.), International Agricultural Development, 3rd edn. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

3. W. A. Lewis, ‘Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labor’, The Manchester School, 1954, 22, 2, 139–91.

4. D. Jorgenson, ‘Development of a Dual Economy’, Economic Journal, 1961, 71, 282, 309–34.

5. B. F. Johnston and J. W. Mellow, ‘Role of Agriculture in Economic Development’, American Economic Review, 1961, 51, 4, 566–93.

6. T. W. Schultz, ‘Value of the Ability to Deal with Disequilibria’, Journal of Economic Literature, 1975, 13, 3, 827–46.

7. C. P. Timmer, ‘Agriculture and Economic Growth’, in B. Gardner and G. Rausser (eds.), Handbook of Agricultural Economics, Vol. IIA (Elsevier, 2002).

8. S. Dercon, ‘Rural Poverty: Old Challenges in New Contexts’, World Bank Research Observer, 2009, 24, 1, 1–28.

9. S. Haggblade, J. Hammer, and P. Hazell, ‘Modeling Agriculture Growth Multipliers’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1991, 73, 2, 361–74.

10. T. Reardon et al., ‘Rise of Supermarkets in Africa, Asia, and Latin America’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2003, 85, 5, 1140–6.

11. D. G. Johnson, ‘Agriculture and the Wealth of Nations’, American Economic Review, 1997, 87, 2, 1–12.

12. A. O. Krueger, M. Schiff, and A. Valdes, ‘Agricultural Incentives in Developing Countries: Measuring the Effect of Sectoral and Economywide Policies’, World Bank Economic Review, 1988, 2, 3, 255–71.

13. S. Fan and P. Hazell, ‘Strategies for Sustainable Development of Less-Favoured Areas: Returns to Public Investments in the Less-Favored Areas of India and China’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2001, 83, 5, 1217–22.

14. C. B. Barrett, T. Reardon, and P. Webb, ‘Nonfarm Income Diversification and Household Livelihood Strategies in Rural Africa: Concepts, Dynamics and Policy Implications’, Food Policy, 2001, 26, 4, 315–31.

Volume II: Microeconomics of Markets and Institutions

15. M. Ravallion, ‘Testing Market Integration’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1986, 68, 1, 102–9.

16. B. Baulch, ‘Transfer Costs, Spatial Arbitrage, and Testing for Food Market Integration’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1997, 79, 2, 477–87.

17. J. Y. Lin, ‘Rural Reforms and Agricultural Growth in China’, American Economic Review, 1992, 82, 1, 34–51.

18. A. De Janvry, M. Fafchamps, and E. Sadoulet, ‘Peasant Household Behavior with Missing Markets: Some Paradoxes Explained’, Economic Journal, 1991, 101, 409, 1400–17.

19. S. W. Omamo, ‘Transport Costs and Smallholder Cropping Choices: An Application to Siaya District, Kenya’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1998, 80, 1, 116–23.

20. N. Key, E. Sadoulet, and A. de Janvry, ‘Transactions Costs and Agricultural Household Supply Response’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2000, 82, 2, 245–59.

21. H. P. Binswanger, ‘Attitudes towards Risk, Experimental Measurement in Rural India’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1980, 62, 3, 395–407.

22. J. Morduch, ‘Income Smoothing and Consumption Smoothing’, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1995, 9, 3, 103–14.

23. M. R. Rosenzweig and H. P. Binswanger, ‘Wealth, Weather Risk and the Composition and Profitability of Agriculture’, Economic Journal, 1993, 103, 416, 56–78.

24. A.-S. Brasselle, F. Gaspart, and J.-P. Platteau, ‘Land Tenure Security and Investment Incentives: Puzzling Evidence from Burkina Faso’, Journal of Development Economics, 2002, 67, 2, 373–418.

25. M. R. Carter and P. Olinto, ‘Getting Institutions "Right" for Whom? Credit Constraints and the Impact of Property Rights on the Quantity and Composition of Investment’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2003, 85, 1, 173–86.

26. K. Deininger and S. Jin, ‘Tenure Security and Land-Related Investment: Evidence from Ethiopia’, European Economic Review, 2006, 50, 5, 1245–77.

27. H. P. Binswanger and M. Rosenzweig, ‘Behavioral and Material Determinants of Production Relations in Agriculture’, Journal of Development Studies, 1986, 22, 3, 503–39.

28. G. Feder, ‘Relation Between Farm Size and Farm Productivity’, Journal of Development Economics, 1985, 18, 2/3, 297–313.

29. M. Eswaran and A. Kotwal, ‘A Theory of Contractual Structure in Agriculture’, American Economic Review, 1985, 75, 3, 352–67.

30. J. J. Laffont and M. S. Matoussi, ‘Moral Hazard, Financial Constraints and Sharecropping in El Oulja’, Review of Economic Studies, 1995, 62, 3, 381–99.

31. M. Eswaran and A. Kotwal, ‘Access to Capital and Agrarian Production Organization’, Economic Journal, 1986, 96, 382, 482–98.

32. M. Carter, ‘Equilibrium Credit Rationing of Small Farm Agriculture’, Journal of Development Economics, 1988, 28, 1, 83–103.

Volume III: Technological Change, Adoption, and Efficiency

33. V. W. Ruttan, ‘Productivity Growth in World Agriculture: Sources and Constraints’, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2002, 16, 4, 161–84.

34. R. E. Evenson, P. E. Waggoner, and V. W. Ruttan, ‘Economic Benefits from Research: An Example from Agriculture’, Science, 1979, 205, 4411, 1101–7.

35. R. E. Evenson and D. Gollin, ‘Assessing the Impact of the Green Revolution, 1960 to 2000’, Science, 2003, 300, 5620, 758–62.

36. D. A. Raitzer and T. G. Kelley, ‘Benefit-Cost Meta-Analysis of Investment in the International Agricultural Research Centers of the CGIAR’, Agricultural Systems, 2008, 96, 1–3, 108–23.

37. B. Minten and C. B. Barrett, ‘Agricultural Technology, Technology, Productivity, and Poverty in Madagascar’, World Development, 2008, 36, 5, 797–822.

38. M. Ali and D. Byerlee, ‘Economic Efficiency of Small Farmers in a Changing World: A Survey of Recent Evidence’, Journal of International Development, 1991, 3, 1, 1–27.

39. C. B. Barrett, ‘How Credible are Estimates of Peasant Allocative Scale, or Scope Efficiency? A Commentary’, Journal of International Development, 1998, 9, 2, 221–9.

40. S. M. Sherlund, C. B. Barrett, and A. A. Adesina, ‘Smallholder Technical Efficiency Controlling for Environmental Production Conditions’, Journal of Development Economics, 2002, 69, 1, 85–101.

41. Z. Griliches, ‘Hybrid Corn: An Exploration in the Economics of Technological Change’, Econometrica, 1957, 25, 4, 501–22.

42. G. Feder, R. E. Just, and D. Zilberman, ‘Adoption of Agricultural Innovations in Developing Countries: A Survey’, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 1985, 33, 2, 255–98.

43. T. Besley and A. Case, ‘Modeling Technology Adoption in Developing Countries’, American Economic Review, 1993, 83, 2, 396–402.

44. T. G. Conley and C. R. Udry, ‘Learning about a New Technology: Pineapple in Ghana’, American Economic Review, 2010, 100, 1, 35–69.

45. A. D. Foster and M. R. Rosenzweig, ‘Learning by Doing and Learning from Others: Human Capital and Technical Change in Agriculture’, Journal of Political Economy, 1995, 103, 6, 1176–209.

46. C. M. Moser and C. B. Barrett, ‘The Complex Dynamics of Smallholder Technology Adoption: The Case of SRI in Madagascar’, Agricultural Economics, 2006, 35, 3, 373–88.

47. J. M. Antle and C. C. Crissman, ‘Risk, Efficiency, and the Adoption of Modern Crop Varieties: Evidence from the Philippines’, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 1990, 38, 3, 517–37.

Volume IV: Poverty, Food Insecurity, and Gender

48. M. R. Carter and C. B. Barrett, ‘Economics of Poverty Traps and Persistent Poverty: An Asset-Based Approach’, Journal of Development Studies, 2006, 42, 2, 178–99.

49. T. J. Lybbert et al., ‘Stochastic Wealth Dynamics and Risk Management Among a Poor Population’, Economic Journal, 2004, 114, 498, 750–77.

50. F. J. Zimmerman and M. R. Carter, ‘Asset Smoothing, Consumption Smoothing and the Reproduction of Inequality under Risk and Subsistence Constraints’, Journal of Development Economics, 2003, 71, 2, 233–60.

51. S. Dercon, ‘Wealth, Risk and Activity Choice: Cattle in Western Tanzania’, Journal of Development Economics, 1998, 55, 1, 1–42.

52. C. B. Barrett, ‘Poverty Traps and Resource Dynamics in Smallholder Agrarian Systems’, in A. Ruis and R. Dellink (eds.), Economics of Poverty: The Environment and Natural Resource Use (Springer, 2008).

53. S. Moyo et al., ‘Peanut Research and Poverty Reduction: Impacts of Variety Improvement to Control Peanut Viruses in Uganda’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2007, 89, 2, 448–60.

54. G. Datt and M. Ravallion, ‘Farm Productivity and Rural Poverty in India’, Journal of Development Studies, 1998, 34, 4, 62–85.

55. A. Sen, ‘Ingredients of Famine Analysis: Availability and Entitlements’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1981, 96, 3, 433–64.

56. P. Dasgupta, ‘Nutritional Status, the Capacity for Work, and Poverty Traps’, Journal of Econometrics, 1997, 77, 1, 5–37.

57. M. Ravallion, ‘Famines and Economics’, Journal of Economic Literature, 1997, 35, 3, 1205–42.

58. C. Jones, ‘The Mobilization of Women’s Labor for Cash Crop Production: A Game Theoretic Approach’, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1983, 65, 5, 1049–54.

59. C. Udry, ‘Gender, Agricultural Production and the Theory of the Household’, Journal of Political Economy, 1996, 104, 5, 1010–46.

60. L. Haddad and R. Kanbur, ‘How Serious is the Neglect of Intra-Household Inequality?’, Economic Journal, 1990, 100, 402, 866–81.

61. M. M. Pitt, M. R. Rosenzweig, and M. N. Hassan, ‘Productivity, Health, and Inequality in the Intrahousehold Distribution of Countries’, American Economic Review, 1990, 80, 5, 1139–56.

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