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Russian Reforms: the Return of the Peasant?


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  • Dirk J. Bezemer

    (University of Amsterdam)


Russian agriculture in transition (1991-1998) was characterised by a production collapse due to aloss in quality and quantity of acreage, disinvestments, falling purchasingpower, and increasedimports. Neither traditional agriculture nor the nascent family farm sector havebeen able to ensure sustained food production. Instead, the impoverishment of the population hasresulted in a considerable increase in the relative importance of household food production.In the present paper some features of household food production are explored: (1) thedevelopment in acreage used forHFP, (2) the number of people involved over the years, (3) the availability anduse of the necessary factors of production, such as land, labour, and variable inputs, (4)characteristics of households involved, and (5) implications for welfare.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 99-046/2.

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Date of creation: 21 May 1999
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:19990046

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  1. Paul Frijters & Dirk Bezemer & Uwe Dulleck, 2003. "Socialism, Capitalism, and Transition - Coordination of Economic Relations and Output Performance," Paul Frijters Discussion Papers, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology 2003, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
  2. Dirk Bezemer & Junior Davis, 2005. "The rural non-agricultural economy in transition countries: Enterprise level findings from Armenia," Development and Comp Systems 0510020, EconWPA.


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