Statistical procedures for agricultural research

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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.

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The role of agricultural productivity in economic development is addressed in a two-sector model of endogenous growth in which (a) preferences are non-homothetic and the income elasticity of demand for the agricultural good is less than unitary, and (b) the engine of growth is learning-by-doing in the manufacturing sector. For the closed economy case, the model predicts a positive link between agricultural productivity and economic growth, while, for the small open economy case, it predicts a negative link. This suggests that the openness of an economy should be an important factor when planning development strategy and predicting growth performance.

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The role of agricultural productivity in economic development is addressed in a two-sector model of endogenous growth in which (a) preferences are non-homothetic and the income elasticity of demand for the agricultural good is less than unitary, and (b) the engine of growth is learning-by-doing in the manufacturing sector. For the closed economy case, the model predicts a positive link between agricultural productivity and economic growth, while, for the small open economy case, it predicts a negative link. This suggests that the openness of an economy should be an important factor when planning development strategy and predicting growth performance.

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