Farm mechanization research: Assessing the consequences
Refugio I. Rochin, University of California
California Agriculture 32(8):8-10. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v032n08p8.
Refugio I. Rochin is Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis and is a member of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
Monies expended on mechanization research can gield significantly high net returns to society, despite evidence of large adjustment costs.Presents a partial response to accurately gauging the worth of mechanization research, offering a better understanding of the kinds of questions that must be answered to assess university research on farm mechanization.
Revised version of paer presented to the Southwest Labor Studies Conference, session on “Technological Change in Agriculture”, March 17, 1978, Berkeley, Calarnk Tie author ratefully acknow ledges the helpful suggestions of colleagues Philip Martin, Stanley S. Johnson, B. Delworth Gardner, and Roger Garrett.