Regulation and the Revolution in United States Farm Productivity

Regulation and the Revolution in United States Farm Productivity

by Sally H. Clarke
     
 

ISBN-10: 052144117X

ISBN-13: 9780521441179

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Since the 1930s, U.S. agriculture has undergone a revolution in productivity. Sally Clarke explains how government activity, from support for research to price supports and farm credit programs, created a climate favorable to rapid gains in productivity. Regulation stabilized prices, introduced new sources of credit, and caused tool manufacturers and private creditors…  See more details below

Overview

Since the 1930s, U.S. agriculture has undergone a revolution in productivity. Sally Clarke explains how government activity, from support for research to price supports and farm credit programs, created a climate favorable to rapid gains in productivity. Regulation stabilized prices, introduced new sources of credit, and caused tool manufacturers and private creditors to revise their business strategies. Competitive farmers took advantage of these new conditions to invest in expensive technology and achieve new gains in productivity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521441179
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Series:
Studies in Economic History and Policy: USA in the Twentieth Century Series
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Regulation and Productivity: 1. Introduction; 2. Agriculture and the organization of knowledge in the early twentieth century; 3. Accounting for the slow rate of productivity growth; Part II. 'Power Farming' in the Corn Belt, 1920–40: 4. The tractor factor; 5. Depressed markets and market regulation; 6. 'If you'll need a tractor in 1936 you ought to order it now'; Part III. A Legacy for New Deal Regulation: 7. Regulation, competition, and the revolution in farm productivity; 8. Conclusion; Epilogue: The credit crisis of the 1980s; Appendix A. The tractor's threshold, 1929; Appendix B. The tractor's threshold, 1939; Appendix C. Sources of preharvest and harvest labor productivity, 1929–39.

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