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Productivity and Comparative Advantage in Rice Agriculture in Southeast Asia

van der Eng, Pierre


Rice long dominated the agricultural economies of South-East Asia. Given the economic predominance of agriculture, the development of rice production had a significant bearing on the economies in the region. This article explains why the countries of mainland South-East Asia long dominated the international rice market. It quantifies labor productivity in rice production and argues that simple, low-cost and labor-extensive, but low-yielding production technology allowed farmers in mainland...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Asian Economic Journal


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