The Economics of Famine

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Contains 19 papers collected from such publications as the , , and . Organized into two sections devoted to famine analysis and case studies. The papers tend to utilize the "entitlement" approach to famine studies, which (according to one author) "concentrates on the ability of people to command food through the legal means available in [the] society." Case studies of famine causation and prevention examine countries such as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, the Soviet Union during collectivization, and Ireland. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Famine Analysis
1 Famines and Economics 3
2 Ingredients of Famine Analysis: Availability and Entitlements 41
3 A Re-assessment of Entitlement Theory in the Light of the Recent Famines in Africa 73
4 The Entitlement Approach to Famine: An Assessment 95
5 Rice and Fish: Asymmetric Preferences and Entitlement Failures in Food Growing Economics with Non-Food Producers 137
6 A Model of Crisis in a Peasant Economy 149
7 Walrasian Equilibrium without Survival: Existence, Efficiency, and Remedial Policy 167
8 The Policy of Laissez-Faire During Scarcities 200
9 Cash Versus Direct Food Relief 211
10 Famine and Household Coping Strategies 237
Pt. II Case Studies
11 Second Thoughts on the European Escape from Hunger: Famines, Chronic Malnutrition, and Mortality Rates 253
12 Did the Great Irish Famine Matter? 303
13 On the Human Costs of Collectivization in the Soviet Union 325
14 Food Supply and Starvation: A Study of Famines with Reference to the Indian Sub-Continent 349
15 The Performance of Rice Markets in Bangladesh during the 1974 Famine 371
16 Collectivization and China's Agricultural Crisis in 1959-1961 386
17 Ethiopian Famines 1973-1985: A Case-Study 411
18 Famine Prevention in Africa: Some Experiences and Lessons 455
19 Famine Analysis and Family Relations: 1949 in Nyasaland 505
Name Index 535
Subject Index 541
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