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Increasing Returns and Intensification: A Reprise on Ester Boserup’s Model of Agricultural Growth

Citation

Winfrey, William & Darity, William A., Jr. (1997). Increasing Returns and Intensification: A Reprise on Ester Boserup's Model of Agricultural Growth. Metroamerica: International Review of Economics, 48(1), 60-80.

Abstract

The dynamics of Ester Boserup's model of intensification of ``primitive'' (non‐chemical, non‐mechanized) agriculture have been worked out in three papers by Darity, Pryor and Maurer, and Salehi‐Isfahani under conditions where techniques generating higher levels of food production require longer hours of work. But Boserup's theory suggests that continued intensification can lead to productivity increases in food production. Here the long run implications for agricultural productivity are explored when increasing returns evolve from Boserup's intensification process. Variations in the dynamics of a Boserupian economy are considered under different patterns of response to falling incomes and changing work requirements.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-999X.00021

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Metroamerica: International Review of Economics

Author(s)

Winfrey, William
Darity, William A., Jr.

Year Published

1997

Volume Number

48

Issue Number

1

Pages

60-80

Reference ID

586