Essays on Agricultural Productivity and Economic Development

Doctoral Dissertation


A long stream of literature in macroeconomic growth and international development has focused on understanding the large income differences across countries. These income differences are much larger in the agricultural sector than in the non-agricultural sectors of the economy. And since poor countries allocate a large share of their economic resources to the agricultural sector, understanding the sources of low agricultural productivity in these countries is key to understanding underlying reasons for low agricultural incomes. In each chapter of this dissertation, I investigate a possible solution to the issue of large share of economic resources in the low productivity agricultural sector in developing countries. The first chapter studies how agricultural productivity can be increased by a more efficient allocation of resources. The second chapter focuses on improving productivity through increased fertilizer usage in poor countries and the last chapter studies how agricultural incomes can be increased through an open economy and increased trade.


Attribute NameValues
Author Sara Esfahani
Contributor Joseph Kaboski, Research Director
Contributor Lakshmi Iyer, Committee Member
Contributor Kevin Donovan, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Economics
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2018-03-27

Submission Date 2018-04-08
  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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