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Green revolutions and miracle economies: Agricultural innovations, trade and growth

Brishti Guha ()

The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, 2006, vol. 15, issue 2, 209-230

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to develop a simple model of an economy in which growth is driven by a combination of exogenous technical change in agriculture and a rising world demand for labor-intensive manufactured exports. We explore the relative roles of an exogenous agricultural productivity shock and rising export demand in a model with two traded industrial goods and a non-traded agricultural good, food. When the non-traded sector uses a specific factor, we show that technical change in agriculture may be the key to factor migration into industry, in particular driving intersectoral labor migration. A key assumption is a less than unitary price elasticity of demand for food. Our results could form a crucial link in capturing the story of labor-abundant economies which experienced structural transformation and growth through labor-intensive manufactured exports, without prior technology breakthroughs in industry. They contribute to explaining the massive growth in factor accumulation which shows up in some growth accounting studies: they may also imply that some of the contribution of 'technical progress' is mistakenly attributed solely to factor accumulation.

Keywords: Structural change; agricultural productivity; labor migration; terms of trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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