A Macro Analysis of Time Change in the Distribution of Land

Moazam Mahmood


This study is an attempt to extend the analysis of change in
the land distribution over time, to 1991. In an earlier study we have
shown a strong tendency towards increasing concentration of operated
area, between 1972 and 1980. This concentration was seen to be
engendered by a dynamic associated with the High Yielding Variety (HYV)
technology. This study attempts to examine whether the HYV dynamic has
continued to increase concentration of area over the decade of the 80s.
The recently concluded Agricultural Census of 1991, allows us to do
this. Our major result is that concentration of operated area has
increased further between 1980 and 1991. However, the long run nature of
concentration found here, points to another possible explanation. The
HYV dynamic may have been one initiating change in a series of price and
technology changes, leading to continual change in factor use in the
direction of concentration.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v32i4IIpp.771-787


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