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On why agriculture declines with economic growth

Anderson, Kym


When economic growth is characterised by a slow rise in the demand for food and rapid growth in farm relative to non-farm productivity, it is understandable that agriculture in a closed economy declines in relative terms as that economy develops. But why should agriculture decline in virtually all open growing economies as well, including those able to retain a comparative advantage in agricultural products? A key part of the answer is that the demand for non-tradable goods tends to be...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1987-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Agricultural Economics
DOI: 10.1016/0169-5150(87)90001-6


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