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Production Economics and Farm Management: a Century of Contributions


  • Jean-Paul Chavas
  • Robert G. Chambers
  • Rulon D. Pope


This article is a reflection on the path taken by production economics and farm management over the last century, and the progress made in understanding the economics of the farm. The accumulated knowledge has helped refine our assessment of the efficiency of farm management decisions and the evolving role of agriculture in modern society. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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  • Jean-Paul Chavas & Robert G. Chambers & Rulon D. Pope, 2010. "Production Economics and Farm Management: a Century of Contributions," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 92(2), pages 356-375.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:92:y:2010:i:2:p:356-375

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