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Some socio-economic consequences of the green revolution


  • Pisani, Elena


The green revolution has, since the ‘60s, been the subject of lively debate among the international scientific community not only with regards to its technical aspects but, and above all, for socio-economic impacts it caused. The article starts with the analysis of the development theories for the rural sector in the ‘50s and ‘60s in order to determine the theoretical path that started the green revolution in the Developing Countries, i.e. the high pay-off input model. The article then describes the critical socio-economic elements that the literature analysis highlights within Asia, where 60% of the population lives on less than two dollars per day. The role of the agricultural sector has to be reconsidered not just in terms of changed economical structure, but also with an adequate evaluation of other components such as the social, political and institutional capital and the environment, so as to initiate sustainable development processes.

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  • Pisani, Elena, 2006. "Some socio-economic consequences of the green revolution," MPRA Paper 24977, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:24977

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    1. Syrquin, M. & Chenery, H.B., 1989. "Patterns Of Development, 1950 To 1983," World Bank - Discussion Papers 41, World Bank.
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    1. Pisani, Elena, 2010. "El aporte de la ruralidad al desarrollo
      [The Rural Contribution to Development]
      ," MPRA Paper 23929, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 21 Jun 2010.

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    Green Revolution; Economic Theories; Agricultural Development;

    JEL classification:

    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products


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