Migration and agrarian change
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Roberts, K. 2013. Migration and agrarian change. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
If one considers that migration and agrarian change underlie economic history from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution through the 20th century, the need to closely define our topic becomes evident. Agrarian change generally increases output per laborer, allowing movement of people from the countryside to the city. Without increased agricultural productivity, the agricultural sector will not produce the surplus to drive industrial growth. Thus, as W. Arthur Lewis says, “agricultural and industrial revolutions always go together” (Lewis 1954).
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