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Dilemma of Poverty

V M Rao Poverty, Agriculture and Economic Growth by B M Bhatia; Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, 1977; pp xii + 260; Rs 50. THIS readable and light-weight publication brings together twenty-five articles contributed by B M Bhatia, mostly to the Statesman, over the period December 1975 to June 1976. The articles bear the stamp of a patient and perceptive scholar and many of them could be as much at home in the pages of an academic journal. The author has taken considerable pains in preparing the volume to fit the mate- rial together into a consistent whole; to can fairly claim that he is telling a story and not merely providing glimpses of newsy events.

Village Lease Markets for Agricultural Land-Some Approaches for Analysis

This paper describes an analysis of village-level data on lease transactions. Viewing these transactions as constituting a market for leased land, the analysis seeks to bring out the features of this market as reflected in the comparative characteristics of lessees and lessors participating in the market and the pattern of inter-relationship among these participants arising from lease transactions.

Inequality of Farm Incomes-A Comment

 Inequality of Farm Incomes A Comment M L Dantwala V M Rao PRANAB BARDHAN's findings on inequality in the distribution of farm business income in agriculture ("Inequality of Farm Incomes: A Study of 1974) raise a number of questions regarding the informativeness of the concentration ratio and its analytical utility in monitoring changes in land and income distributions. The purpose of this comment is to place these questions before Bardhau and other rest-archers in the field of income distribution in the hope that a consideration of these questions might be of some help in improving the usefulness of the concentration ratio as a tool in the analysis of inequality.

Two Perspectives on Redistribution of Land

Redistribution of agricultural land to achieve equity would be easily recognised as one of those hardy ideas which survive, however lingeringly, despite more than two decades of non-implementation. Given the policy-maker's perspective on redistribution, and on land reforms in general, it is unlikely that the idea of redistribution would ever get out of that twilight zone which separates patently unworkable ideas (recognised as such) from those which are implementable (and implemented) in practice.

Land Transfers in Rural Communities-Some Findings in a Ryotwari Region

Some Findings in a Ryotwari Region V M Rao Distribution of land ownership and the forces shaping it over time are usually issues of major policy concern, Acute scarcity of land, a large subsistence sector, and other economic factors leading to an excessive value being put on land ownership per se, create anxieties that an unregulated land market may lead to increasing concentration of land in the hands of large owners.

Farm Production Function Studies-Treatment of Weather and Selection of Functional Form

Farm Production Function Studies Treatment of Weather and Selection of Functional Form V M Rao Farm production function is a useful device to comprehend the diagnostic and policy implications of the current use of inputs on farms. Increasing availability of farm management type of data in India has encouraged the use of farm production function as a tool in empirical analysis.

Farmer in New Perspective

Farmer in New Perspective V M Rao Economics of Underdeveloped Agriculture edited by Tara Shukla; Vera and Company, Bombay, 1969; pp 440; Rs 22.50.

Final and Revised Crop Estimates-An Analysis of Discrepancies

Time lags are common in the collection and compilation of crop-production statistics. It takes about two years to revise the 'final' estimates, framed soon after the harvest, on the basis of complete returns of production.

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