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Agricultural 'Crisis' in Pakistan: Some Explanations and Policy Options

  • Mahmood Hasan Khan

    (Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University, Canada.)

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    This paper is about public policy and agricultural growth in Pakistan. The author takes the position that, in a historical perspective, public policy has been a large part of the erratic, maybe unsustainable, growth of agriculture in Pakistan. The most important policy issue, therefore, is to radically restructure the existing bureaucratic, patronage-ridden, rent-seeking, and wasteful system of institutions and services. Governments have been far too active in some areas and far too inactive in others, affecting perversely farm productivity and farmers' economic well-being. The flaws in public policy reflect two important aspects of governments: (i) their inability—reflecting both inadequate will and administrative capacity—to implement what needs to be done and (ii) their wrong diagnosis of, hence prescription for, the problems.

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    Article provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its journal The Pakistan Development Review.

    Volume (Year): 36 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 419-466

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    Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:36:y:1997:i:4:p:419-466
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    1. M. Ghaffar Chaudhry & Shamim A. Sahibzada, 1995. "Agricultural Input Subsidies in Pakistan: Nature and Impact," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 34(4), pages 711-722.
    2. Mahmood Hasan Khan, 1983. "Classes and Agrarian Transition in Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 22(3), pages 129-162.
    3. Pranab Bardhan, 1997. "Corruption and Development: A Review of Issues," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 35(3), pages 1320-1346, September.
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