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Agricultural economics: An exoteric or esoteric science

dc.contributor.authorVink N.
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-26T07:16:18Z
dc.date.available2012-07-26T07:16:18Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationAgrekon
dc.identifier.citation51
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dc.identifier.issn3031853
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1080/03031853.2012.695135
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/21848
dc.descriptionArticle
dc.description.abstractThe main argument in this article is that agricultural economists in South Africa must address at least two fundamental questions, namely: (1) "What is the influence of public policy on the structure of agriculture?" and (2) "What is the influence of the governance of farm businesses on their success from a financial, economic, social and environmental point of view?" These questions have been at the core of the profession of agricultural economics since its beginning, but if agricultural economists want to provide useful answers they will need to revisit the currently dominant paradigm of applied microeconomics. As a profession, agricultural economists have not kept pace with a number of new developments in economics; have ignored the lessons of history; have lost their connection with the everyday realities of farming; and have paid insufficient attention to new developments in systems thinking. © 2012 Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa.
dc.subjectAEASA
dc.subjectAgricultural Economics
dc.subjecthistorical trends
dc.subjectpublic policy in agriculture
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.titleAgricultural economics: An exoteric or esoteric science
dc.typeArticle


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