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Explaining Agricultural and Agrarian Policies in Developing Countries

  • Hans P. Binswanger
  • Klaus Deininger

The paper describes and, as far as possible, explains variations in policies, programs, and institutions that influence agricultural growth, agrarian relations, and rural welfare across developing countries and over time. It evaluates the impact of distorted policy patterns on agricultural production and rural poverty and identifies conditions under which policy reforms meant to bring about greater efficiency and equity are likely to be initiated and sustained. It draws upon a broad range of literature to show how material conditions, missing markets, and government policies affect static welfare outcomes, patterns of accumulation, state formation, and the establishment of political institutions. It suggests ways to improve policy advice and proposes directions for future research.

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Volume (Year): 35 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 1958-2005

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Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:35:y:1997:i:4:p:1958-2005
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