Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1980

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Economics

Abstract

Factors which affect the number and size of farm firms were identified and analyzed in the context of the micro-economic theory of the firm. Historical changes in the structure of the agriculture industry were analyzed by summarizing changes in farm numbers by size class, tenure arrangement, organizational structure, vertical coordination, and purchased inputs;A detailed discussion of the underlying theory of a Markov process and an outlining of the Markov process model which could be used to study the structure of agriculture industry was presented. The results of the application of both a stationary and nonstationary Markov process model were analyzed. The structure of agriculture is characterized by a nonstationary Markov process.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-4617

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Steven E. Zumbach

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI8028647

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

241 pages

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