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Peasant Economics

Peasant Economics
Farm Households in Agrarian Development

2nd Edition

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Part of Wye Studies in Agricultural and Rural Development

  • Date Published: January 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521457118

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  • This is a revised and expanded edition of a popular textbook on the economics of farm households in developing countries. The second edition retains the same building blocks designed to explore household decision-making in a social context. Key topics are efficiency, risk, time allocation, gender, agrarian contracts, farm size and technological change. For these and other topics, household economic behavior represents the outcome of social interactions within the household, and market interactions outside the household. A new chapter on the environment combines exposition of economic tools not previously covered in the book with examination of household and community decision-making in relation to environmental resources.

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    "The book is a good source for the discriminating reader..." Field Crops Research

    "...a significant contribution to material on the economic analysis of peasant household agricultural production." International Journal of Agricultural Economics

    "...a succinct and accessible review of an area important to both development and agricultural economics." Journal of Development Studies

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521457118
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Peasants, Economics, Political Economy:
    1. Peasants
    2. The neoclassical theory of farm production
    3. Elements of peasant political economy
    Part II. The Theory of the Optimising Peasant:
    4. The profit-maximising peasant
    5. The risk-averse peasant
    6. The drudgery-averse peasant
    7. The farm household peasant
    8. The sharecropping peasant
    Part III. Inside the Peasant Household:
    9. Women in the peasant household
    Part IV. Further Topics and Overview:
    10. Farm size and factor productivity
    11. Technical change
    12. Environment
    13. Peasant economics in perspective

  • Author

    Frank Ellis, University of East Anglia

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