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Climate Sensitivity Of Indian Agriculture

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Climate change impact studies on agriculture are broadly based on agronomic-economic approach and Ricardian approach. The Ricardian approach, similar in principle to the Hedonic pricing approach of environmental valuation, has received significant attention due to its elegance and also some strong assumptions it makes. This paper attempts to extend the existing knowledge in this field by specifically addressing two important issues : (a) extent of change in climate sensitivity of Indian agriculture over time; (b) importance of accounting for spatial features in the assessment of climate sensitivity. The analysis based on four decades of data suggests that the climate sensitivity of Indian agriculture is increasing over time, particularly in the period from mid-eighties to late nineties. This finding corroborates the growing evidence of weakening agricultural productivity over the similar period in India. The results also show presence of significant positive spatial autocorrelation, necessitating estimation of climate sensitivity while controlling for the same. While many explanations may exist for the presence of spatial autocorrelation, this paper argued that inter-farmer communication could be one of the primary reasons for the spatial dependence. Field studies carried out in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu through focus group discussions provided limited evidence in this direction.

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  • K.S. Kavi Kumar, 2009. "Climate Sensitivity Of Indian Agriculture," Development Economics Working Papers 22939, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    Climate change; Indian Agriculture; Environmental Valuation; Spatial Econometrics; Adaptation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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