Agricultural Markets from Theory to Practice

Field Experience in Developing Countries

  • Barbara Harriss-White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Visible Hands

    1. Barbara Harriss-White
      Pages 1-36
  3. Exchange

  4. Markets as Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-95
    2. Priscilla Magrath
      Pages 96-114
  5. Price Performance and Market Efficiency

  6. Markets and Institutions; Markets as Institutions

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 355-369

About this book


In an era of globalization, private markets are expected to dominate the distribution of goods worldwide. Yet surprisingly little empirical work is conducted on them. The sensitive and secret nature of trading information, the complexity of real markets and the lack of official data other than that on price can all cause problems. This book seeks to overcome these in examining arguably the most difficult markets of all - agricultural markets under conditions of underdevelopment. Case-studies from nine countries covering all three underdeveloped continents offer a comprehensive overview of the lessons to be learnt from field experience.


agriculture Developing Countries development efficiency globalization grain integration paper

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Harriss-White
    • 1
  1. 1.Queen Elizabeth House, International Development CentreUniversity of OxfordUK

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