Size-class and returns to cultivation in India: A Cold case reopened

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dc.contributor.author Gaurav, Sarthak
dc.contributor.author Mishra, Srijit
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-04T07:06:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-04T07:06:44Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2275/154
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates the relationship between returns to cultivation per hectare and size-class of land cultivated in India, using unit level data from the 59th round National Sample Survey, 2003. The analysis is done separately for ‘kharif’ and ‘rabi’ - for total value of cultivation from all crops at the all India level. The empirical evidence rejects the null hypothesis of no relationship and points to the existence of an inverse association. We argue that the efficiency of the small-holders has to be taken with a pinch of salt because their low absolute returns brings into focus the question of their livelihood sustainability which is further aggravated on account of higher unit costs. Being the first exercise in a series of proposed explorations into disaggregated analyses across states, and for specific crops, it opens up the classic debate on farm size and productivity in the 21st century. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP;WP-2011-027
dc.subject Agrarian crisis en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Efficiency en_US
dc.subject Livelihood sustainability en_US
dc.subject NSS en_US
dc.subject Productivity en_US
dc.subject Size-class en_US
dc.title Size-class and returns to cultivation in India: A Cold case reopened en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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