Size, Productivity, and Returns to Scale: An Analysis of Farm-Level Data in Indian Agriculture

@inproceedings{Bardhan1973SizePA,
  title={Size, Productivity, and Returns to Scale: An Analysis of Farm-Level Data in Indian Agriculture},
  author={Pranab Bardhan},
  year={1973}
}
The paper uses individual farm-level data for nearly 1,000 Indian farms to analyze (a) the well-known inverse relationship between farm size and output per acre, (b) returns to scale, and (c) imperfections in the labor market. One major result is that while predominantly wheat areas show constant returns to scale, diminishing returns seem to prevail in predominantly paddy areas. But both in paddy and wheat agriculture the observed negative relation between output per acre and farm size is… CONTINUE READING

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