DutchExperience

DutchExperience - A Look at the Dutch Experience Intensive...

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A Look at the Dutch Experience A Look at the Dutch Experience Intensive Agriculture and Markets Importance of Agricultural Change Dutch have one of the most efficient systems of agriculture in Europe Both technological and organizational improvements Partly due to urbanization and population density - proximity to markets A glimpse at what it will take to break the Malthusian cycle Early 16th c. Communally controlled wasteland for grazing - poor soil quality Rye, oats and Barley - grain crops Low productivity meant that most farmers also did other work - labor and handicrafts This limited specialization and economic growth for markets 1500-1650 Rise of prices, growth of population similar to the rest of Europe Other important factor - growth of grain production in Eastern Europe Amsterdam merchants as Baltic grain traders Entry into international markets
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2009 for the course ECON 4514 taught by Professor Shuie during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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