Can field experiments return agricultural economics to the glory days?

David H. Herberich, Steven D. Levitt, John A. List

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Agricultural economics that has played a prime role in economics for a long time is losing its importance more recently. The future of field experimental methods can be importantly engineered by agricultural and resource economists. The field experimenter does not exert the same degree of control over real markets as the scientist does in the lab. Agricultural economists have a comparative advantage in several factors instrumental in conducting cutting-edge field experimental research. Scholars working on agricultural issues once held a prominent role in conceptualizing key empirical approaches that impacted the economics profession more generally. It is time theorists combine with extension specialists to lend insights into both normative and positive issues of the day since the defeat of the Farm Management Movement. Much requires to be done whether field experiments revolve around exploring optimal incentive schemes of farm laborers in Europe, measuring demand elasticities for Bt cotton in the South.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1259-1265
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

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