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Inertia of peasant farms

Natalia Rozinskaya (), Irina Chaplygina () and Alexander Sorokin ()
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Natalia Rozinskaya: Department of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Irina Chaplygina: Department of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Alexander Sorokin: Department of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University

No 52, Working Papers from Moscow State University, Faculty of Economics

Abstract: The article is devoted to the analysis of one of the features of the behavior of peasant farms that distinguishes them from the behavior of firms, namely the tendency to reduce production volumes in response to the improvement of market conditions (inertness, in the terminology of N.D.Kondratiev). The authors turn to theoretical explanations of this trend, in particular in the works of A.Chayanov, and then attempt to test the reliability of the identified feature on Russian data from the beginning of the XX century. Having analyzed the dynamics of the amount of land plowed by peasants in response to the dynamics of prices in various provinces of Russia, the authors find a significant negative correlation. Comparing with similar results for landlords, the authors come to conclusion that negative correlation is specific only to peasant farms, thereby proving the hypothesis of inertness.

Keywords: Peasant economy; the inertia of the household; price elasticity of supply; cultivated areas; A.V. Chayanov; Russian empire; XIX-XX century (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q10 Q12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2023-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-cis, nep-his and nep-tra
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