Economic Perspectives in Agricultural Systems Analysis
Eric W. Crawford
Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics
Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD)
Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 22, Issue 1, Spring 2000
The paper highlights the great diversity of economic research on agricultural systems, through the presentation of selected approaches: modern farm management, farming systems research, agricultural household economics, French Africanist rural economics, and behavioral and multidisciplinary systems studies. Major differences among these studies are highlighted, in terms of research aims, organization and issues, type of "systemic" approach followed, theoretical framework, use of formal modeling, and the role of fieldwork. Trends in popularity of the different research types are discussed. The authors recommend integrating an institutional perspective in economic research on agricultural systems and broadening the research agenda.
JEL Classification: Q10Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 11, 2000
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