Handbook of Agricultural Economics, 1st Edition

Agricultural Development: Farmers, Farm Production and Farm Markets

Handbook of Agricultural Economics, 1st Edition,Robert Evenson,Prabhu Pingali,ISBN9780444518736

Evenson   &   Pingali   

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A comprehensive and accessible survey of the current state of the field of Agricultural Economics

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


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.


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

Robert Evenson

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Prabhu Pingali

Affiliations and Expertise

FAO/UN, Rome, Italy

Handbook of Agricultural Economics, 1st Edition

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
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