Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Incentives and constraints in the transformation of Punjab agriculture:

Contents:

Author Info

  • McGuirk, Anya
  • Mundlak, Yair

Abstract

Economic growth is driven by technical change. Understanding the many factors that influence technical change is therefore key to an understanding of economic growth and its potential. Technical change has two aspects first, it has to be generated, and second, it has to be implemented. Incentives and Constraints in the Transformation of Punjab Agriculture, Research Report 87, by Anya McGuirk and Yair Mundlak, examines the factors that determined the pace of implementation of new techniques in agriculture in Punjab, India, from 1960 to 1979.It is widely recognized that new crop varieties usually take many years to fully come into use. The same is true of other new practices; for instance, the mechanization of agriculture or, more recently, cultivation under plastic. This time lapse has several explanations. Producers have to learn to grow the new varieties, or more generally, to use the new techniques, which requires information. The use of more sophisticated techniques requires human capital, and farmers with inadequate schooling will be unable to adopt them quickly. At the learning stage, there is uncertainty as to the performance of the new techniques, so farmers consider them risky and are cautious about using them. Another element of risk may be that more productive varieties sometimes perform well under very specific climatic and soil conditions, but when such conditions are not met their performance may be poor.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/rr87.pdf
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series Research reports with number 87.

as in new window
Length:
Date of creation: 1991
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:fpr:resrep:87

Contact details of provider:
Postal: 2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-862-5600
Fax: 202-467-4439
Email:
Web page: http://www.ifpri.org/
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: Agriculture Economic aspects India Punjab.;

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. Sylvain Dessy & Jacques Ewoudou & Isabelle Ouellet, 2006. "Understanding the Persistent Low Performance of African Agriculture," Cahiers de recherche 0622, CIRPEE.
  2. Jeff Alwang & Jaime Ortiz & George Norton, 1995. "Interacciones entre Políticas de Precios y Gastos en Investigación Agropecuaria," Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile., vol. 32(96), pages 199-216.
  3. Zhang, Xiaobo & Mount, Tim D. & Boisvert, Richard N., 2000. "Industrialization, urbanization, and land use in China:," EPTD discussion papers 58, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. Smale, Melinda & Bellon, Mauricio R. & Gomez, Jose Alfonso Aguirre, 1999. "The Private and Public Characteristics of Maize Land Races and the Area Allocation Decisions of Farmers in a Center of Crop Diversity," Economics Working Papers, CIMMYT: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center 7669, CIMMYT: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.
  5. Kerr, John M., 1996. "Sustainable development of rainfed agriculture in India:," EPTD discussion papers 20, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  6. Rud, Juan Pablo, 2012. "Electricity provision and industrial development: Evidence from India," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 97(2), pages 352-367.
  7. Murgai, Rinku, 1999. "The green revolution and the productivity paradox : evidence from the Indian Punjab," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2234, The World Bank.
  8. Mundlak, Yair, 2003. "Economic Growth: Lessons From Two Centuries Of American Agriculture," Discussion Papers 14986, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Agricultural Economics and Management.

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:fpr:resrep:87. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ().

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.