Handbook of Agricultural Economics

Handbook of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Development: Farmers, Farm Production and Farm Markets

1st Edition - May 8, 2007

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  • Editors: Robert Evenson, Prabhu Pingali
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080545271
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444518736

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Volume 3 of this series of the Handbooks in Economics follows on from the previous two volumes by focusing on the fundamental concepts of agricultural economics. The first part of the volume examines the developments in human resources and technology mastery. The second part follows on by considering the processes and impact of invention and innovation in this field. The effects of market forces are examined in the third part, and the volume concludes by analysing the economics of our changing natural resources, including the past effects of climate change.Overall this volume forms a comprehensive and accessible survey of the field of agricultural economics and is recommended reading for anyone with an interest, either academic or professional, in this area.

Key Features

*Part of the renown Handbooks in Economics series
*Contributors are leaders of their areas
*International in scope and comprehensive in coverage


Graduate students, researchers and professionals working or interested in the area of agricultural economics

Table of Contents

  • I Introduction

    Overview: Robert E. Evenson and Prabhu Pingali

    II Human Resources and Technology Mastery

    Chapter 1 – Agriculture and Human Capital in Economic Growth: Farmers, Schooling and Nutrition: Wallace Huffman and Peter F. Orazem
    Chapter 2 - Extension: Gershon Feder and Jock R. Anderson

    III Invention and Innovation

    Chapter 3 - The Role of International Agricultural Research in Contributing to Global Food Security and Poverty Alleviation: the case of the CGIAR: Prabhu Pingali and Tim Kelley
    Chapter 4 - Contributions of National Agricultural Research Systems to Crop Productivity: Robert E. Evenson & Douglas Gollin
    Chapter 5 - Livestock Productivity in Developing Countries: An Assessment: Simeon Ehui, Alejandro Nin-Pratt and Samuel Benin
    Chapter 6 - Agricultural Innovations: Investments and Incentives: Brian D. Wright, Philip G. Pardey, Carol Nottenburg and Bonwoo Koo
    Chapter 7 - Private Agricultural Research: Carl E. Pray, Keith Fuglie and Daniel K.N. Johnson
    Chapter 8 – Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries: Robert Herdt, Gary Toenniessen and John O’Toole

    IV Markets, Institutions and Transaction Costs

    Chapter 9 - Efficiency and Equity Effects of Land Markets: Keijiro Otsuka
    Chapter 10 - Labor: Decisions, Contracts and Organization: James Roumasset and Sang-Hyop Lee
    Chapter 11 – Fertilizer and Other Farm Chemicals: Paul W. Heisey and George W. Norton
    Chapter 12 – Agricultural Mechanization: Adoption Patterns and Economic Impact: Prabhu Pingali
    Chapter 13 - Transformation: Thomas Reardon and C. Peter Timmer
    Chapter 14 - Financial Markets: Christopher R. Udry and Jonathan Conning

    V Natural Resources

    Chapter 15 - Soil Quality and Agricultural Development: Pierre R. Crosson
    Chapter 16 - The Economics of Water, Irrigation and Development: David Zilberman and Karina Schoengold
    Chapter 17 - Land Use: Forest, Agriculture and Biodiversity Competition: Roger A. Sedjo and R. David Simpson
    Chapter 18 - Past Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture: Robert O. Mendelsohn

Product details

  • No. of pages: 846
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2007
  • Published: May 8, 2007
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080545271
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444518736

About the Editors

Robert Evenson

Affiliations and Expertise

Yale University, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.

Prabhu Pingali

Affiliations and Expertise

FAO/UN, Rome, Italy

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