Technological Change and
The Spatial Structure of
Agriculture By Sent Visser
By Jimmy Brymer
This article written in 1980 makes an interesting argument that although with all the advancement of society’s advancements that distance to market still matters for the amount of agriculture still being practiced. The author points to Von Thunen’s theory on this which he say is still relevant. To prove this point he used sample counties from big agriculture areas as samples such as areas in Colorado and Kansas. With these samples he entered them into a regression model that looked at agricultural intensity, the capital-labor ratio, and capital productivity increases over time from distance to the market. The regression model found that agriculture intensity does increase overtime and distance from the market. It also found that the further away from the Market there was no change in the Capital-labor ratio. Finally the fourth regression found that there was a decrease in the capital productivity overtime as you go fourth away from the market area with this being unaffected by advancements in technology. This he argues supports his claim that is rule still holds true.
Visser, S. (1980). Technological Change and the Spatial Structure of Agriculture. Economic Geography , 312-319.