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Barriers to Exit from Subsistence Agriculture

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  • Cadot, Olivier
  • Dutoit, Laure
  • Olarreaga, Marcelo

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This paper reviews the evidence on the determinants of subsistence agriculture and the barriers that farmers face to switch to market-oriented agriculture. We review a number of recent empirical approaches to the estimation of variable, fixed, and sunk transaction costs, with the weight of the evidence suggesting that those costs are very substantial. Tentative policy implications are drawn in terms of infrastructure and support as well as the organization of intermediation markets.

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Paper provided by CEPREMAP in its series CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) with number 1014.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cpm:docweb:1014

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Keywords: Subsistence Agriculture; Transaction Costs;

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  1. World Bank, 2012. "Reshaping Egypt's Economic Geography : Domestic Integration as a Development Platform," World Bank Other Operational Studies 11869, The World Bank.
  2. World Bank, 2012. "Arab Republic of Egypt - Reshaping Egypt's Economic Geography : Domestic Integration as a Development Platform, Volume 1," World Bank Other Operational Studies 11903, The World Bank.

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