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Title:Impact of trade liberalization on returns from land: A regional study of Indian agriculture PDF Logo
Authors:Ghosh, Nilabja
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2003/50
Abstract:Trade liberalization, by aligning domestic prices with world prices, is envisaged to bring welfare gains to a country. In the case of Indian agriculture, owing to the vastness and diversity of the sector, the impact is likely to be profoundly unequal across regions especially when liberalization is double-edged, acting on both output and input sides. This paper views returns from land resource as a primary determinant of farmers’ economic well-being and production incentive and considers paddy both as the dominant support for the rural population and as a product with comparative advantage, as most studies have demonstrated. Working with state and sub-state level data and taking account of the differences in technologies, productivities and transport costs, the paper finds that the gains vary regionally and may not be positive in all cases when both output and input prices are globally aligned. – rice ; state-trading ; cost of cultivation ; India ; agriculture ; globalization
JEL:Q17
Q18
ISBN:9291904872
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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