An evolutionary economic perspective on technical change and adjustment in cane harvesting systems in the Australian sugar industry

Brennan, L. and Wegener, M. (2003) An evolutionary economic perspective on technical change and adjustment in cane harvesting systems in the Australian sugar industry. Australian Journal of Agricultural And Resource Economics, 47 3: 367-388.


Author Brennan, L.
Wegener, M.
Title An evolutionary economic perspective on technical change and adjustment in cane harvesting systems in the Australian sugar industry
Journal name Australian Journal of Agricultural And Resource Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-985X
Publication date 2003-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8489.00219
Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 367
End page 388
Total pages 23
Editor Chris O'Donnell
John Mullen
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
620106 Sugar
230204 Applied Statistics
Abstract Australian sugar-producing regions have differed in terms of the extent and rate of incorporation of new technology into harvesting systems. The Mackay sugar industry has lagged behind most other sugar-producing regions in this regard. The reasons for this are addressed by invoking an evolutionary economics perspective. The development of harvesting systems, and the role of technology in shaping them, is mapped and interpreted using the concept of path dependency. Key events in the evolution of harvesting systems are identified, which show how the past has shaped the regional development of harvesting systems. From an evolutionary economics perspective, the outcomes observed are the end result of a specific history.
Keyword Agricultural Economics & Policy
Economics
Q-Index Code C1

 
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