Principles of Agricultural Economics

By Andrew Barkley, Paul W. Barkley

© 2013 – Routledge

358 pages | 154 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book showcases the power of economic principles to explain and predict issues and current events in the food, agricultural, agribusiness, international trade, natural resources and other sectors.

The result is an agricultural economics textbook that provides students and instructors with a clear, up-to-date, and straightforward approach to learning how a market-based economy functions, and how to use simple economic principles for improved decision making.

While the primary focus of the book is on microeconomic aspects, agricultural economics has expanded over recent decades to include issues of macroeconomics, international trade, agribusiness, environmental economics, natural resources, and international development. Hence, these topics are also provided with significant coverage.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture 2. The Economics of Production 3. The Costs of Production 4. Profit Maximization 5. Optimal Input Selection 6. Optimal Output Selection 7. Consumer Choices 8. Supply and Demand 9. Markets 10. The Competitive Firm 11. Market Power: Monopoly and Oligopoly 12. The Global Economy, International Agriculture and Economic Development 13. Natural Resources and Environmental Issues 14. Conclusion and Summary

About the Authors

Andrew Barkley is Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, USA.

Paul W. Barkley is Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural Economics, Washington State University and Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, USA.


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Routledge Textbooks in Environmental and Agricultural Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Microeconomics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Agribusiness