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SCALE, SIZE, TECHNOLOGY AND STRUCTURE: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

Vernon W. Ruttan

No 260097, 1988 Conference, January 16-19, San Antonio, Texas from Regional Research Committe NC-181: Determinants of Farm Size and Structure

Abstract: In these notes, I first discuss some recent perspectives on the relationship between technical change and economies of scale. I then discuss the issues of scale economies from the perspective of the Hayami-Ruttan work on induced innovation. In the third section, I raise the question of why farms are so small. I then tum to the issue of potential technological constraints on labor and land productivity. In a final section, I raise several questions about research on farm structure.

Keywords: Farm Management; Industrial Organization; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1988-12-01
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