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The Food Problem and the Evolution of International Income Levels

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  • Douglas Gollin

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    (Yale University and Williams College)

  • Stephen L. Parente

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    (University of Illinois)

  • Richard Rogerson

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    (Arizona State University)

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of agricultural development on a country's overall development and growth experience. In most poor countries, large fractions of land, labor, and other productive resources are devoted to producing food for subsistence needs. This "food problem" can delay a country's industrial development for a long period of time, causing its per capita income to fall far behind the world leader. Once industrialization begins, this trend is reversed. The extent to which a country catches up to the leader depends primarily on factors that affect productivity in non- agricultural activities: agricultural productivity is thus largely irrelevant in the very long run. But in the short run, a country that experiences large improvements in agricultural productivity (due to, say, a Green Revolution) will experience a rapid increase in its income relative to the leaders.

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Paper provided by Economic Growth Center, Yale University in its series Working Papers with number 899.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2004
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Keywords: Agriculture; Economic Growth; Subsistence; Food Problem; Agricultural Technology; Long-run Growth;

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