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Agricultural Productivity and Producer Behavior

Wolfram Schlenker


Agriculture historically employed a large share of the overall population. For example, even in 1800, more than half the population in most European countries was working in agriculture. With the start of the industrial revolution and the accompanying mechanization, labor shifted out of agriculture. Still, throughout the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, increases in agricultural production were mainly driven by an increase in the growing area, whereas yields (output per area) were rather constant. This changed abruptly in the middle of the 20th century: yields have been incr ... More

Keywords: agricultural production, technology innovation, climate change impacts, trade cost, crop diversity, crop insurance, pest infection, sustainable agriculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226619804
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226619941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wolfram Schlenker, editor
Columbia University

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