Isolation and agricultural productivity

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dc.contributor.author Minten, B.
dc.contributor.author Stifel, David C.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T15:03:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T15:03:46Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Stifel, D. C. and B. Minten. (2008). "Isolation and agricultural productivity." Agricultural Economics 39: 1-15. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10385/556
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the mechanisms that transmit isolation into poverty. In particular, we study the effect of isolation and transport infrastructure on welfare and agricultural productivity in the case of Madagascar. Madagascar is a good case study given the bad shape of its infrastructure and therefore the significant variation in isolation. Based on comprehensive household survey data combined with a census of communes, we discover a strong poverty-isolation relationship. Further we find the inverse relationship between agricultural productivity and isolation to be surprisingly strong. We isolate the following reasons why productivity might decline with isolation: (a) transportation-induced transaction costs, (b) the inverse relationship between plot-size and productivity, (c) increasing price variability and extensification onto less fertile land, and (d) insecurity. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Agricultural Economics en_US
dc.title Isolation and agricultural productivity en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2008.00310.x

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