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What About Slowing Down Technology?

  • Alan R. Bird


“We ought to be thankful we have a food surplus problem. After all, it’s only because American farmers can produce so much food that we don’t need so many farmers.” This viewpoint is consoling. But it is only helpful if it reinforces our concern with helping farmers to higher incomes, encouraging more farmers to work in town, and making sure there are enough jobs for them in town. Even then, we concluded that reducing the number of farmers is not, of itself, likely to remove the food surplus.


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  1. The Implications of Technical Change in Agriculture, Proc. of the Ninth International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Oxford Univ. Press, New York, 1956, 571 pp.Google Scholar

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  • Alan R. Bird
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  1. 1.Agricultural EconomicsMichigan State UniversityUSA

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