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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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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.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Economic and Political Weekly
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2012 11:09
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2012 11:09

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