On the Colonial Origins of Agricultural Development in India:A Re-examination of Banerjee and Iyer, 'History, Institutions and Economic Performance'

Iversen, V., Palmer Jones, Richard and Sen, K. (2013) On the Colonial Origins of Agricultural Development in India:A Re-examination of Banerjee and Iyer, 'History, Institutions and Economic Performance'. Journal of Development Studies, 49 (12). pp. 1631-1646. ISSN 0022-0388

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Abstract

Banerjee and Iyer find that districts which the British assigned to landlord revenue systems systematically underperform districts with non-landlord based revenue systems in agricultural performance, after the onset of the Green Revolution in the mid-1960s. Based on colonial documents, archival research and the work of historians, we correct a mis-interpretation of the land revenue system in Central Provinces, which BI characterise as landlord based. The historical evidence suggests that this region should be attributed to a mixed landlord/non-landlord based revenue system. Using a more appropriate classification, we find no evidence that agricultural performance of Indian districts in the post-independence period was adversely affected by the landlord land revenue system.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2013 16:35
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44602
DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2013.807502

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