Increasing Returns in Industry and the Role of Agriculture in Growth
Despite diminishing returns in agriculture, the production of food is not a binding constraint on growth in industrialized countries. A model is constructed in which growth is associated with a movement of labor out of agriculture and into industry, where increasing returns prevail. If the increasing returns are large enough, long-run growth can be sustained by the production of even cheaper farm machinery. However, there may be a take-off problem if the economy starts near subsistence; it may be impossible to feed workers who move into industry in the periods before their output leads to greate r food production. Copyright 1988 by Royal Economic Society.
Volume (Year): 40 (1988)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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