Peasant Economics: Farm Households in Agrarian Development

Peasant Economics: Farm Households in Agrarian Development

Paperback Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

By (author) Frank Ellis, Series edited by Alan Buckwell, Series edited by Ian Carruthers, Series edited by Hassan Hakimian, Series edited by Jonathan Kydd, Series edited by John Prescott


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  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 224mm x 24mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 10 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521457114
  • ISBN 13: 9780521457118
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 38 b/w illus. 20 tables
  • Sales rank: 751,089

Product description

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 behaviour 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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' ... 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 Development Studies

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; References; Index.