The extent of the market and stages of agricultural specialization
AbstractThis paper provides empirical evidence of an U-shaped causal relationship between the extent of the market (size of the relevant urban market) and the pattern of crop specialization in a village economy. We use the recent two-stage estimator developed by Lewbel (2012) and exploit heteroscedasticity for identification. The results suggest that the portfolio of crops in a village economy becomes more diversified initially as the extent of the market increases. However, after the market size reaches a threshold, the production structure starts to specialize again. This evidence on the stages of agricultural diversification is consistent with the stages of diversification identified in the recent literature for the economy as a whole and also for the manufacturing sector.
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- Emran, M. Shahe & Shilpi, Forhad, 2008. "The extent of the market and stages of agricultural specialization," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4534, The World Bank.
- M. Shahe Emran & Forhad Shilpi, . "The Extent of the Market and Stages of Agricultural Specialization," Working Papers 2008-11, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.
- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
- R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
- R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
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