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Roots of agrarian crisis in interwar India

Roy, Tirthankar (2006) Roots of agrarian crisis in interwar India. Economic and Political Weekly, 41 (52). pp. 5389-5400. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract

Agricultural growth declined in interwar India, intensifying poverty and weakening prospects for industrialisation. Historical scholarship explains poor agricultural growth mainly in terms of adverse institutions, a hypothesis that fails to account for the much better growth rates in pre-war India. A contemporary discourse suggesting the presence of environmental constraints on investment in agriculture, and sustainability of extensive growth, supplies a better account of economic history. It can also connect the past with the present, when sustainability concerns have returned.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://epw.in/
Additional Information: © 2006 Economic and Political Weekly
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: N - Economic History > N1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations > N10 - General, International, or Comparative
N - Economic History > N1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations > N15 - Asia including Middle East
N - Economic History > N5 - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries
N - Economic History > N5 - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries > N55 - Asia including Middle East
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2012 11:09
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47104/

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