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Agricultural Production Economics (Second Edition, Amazon Createspace 2012) is a revised edition of the textbook Agricultural Production Economics published by Macmillan in 1986 (ISBN 0-02-328060-3). This is a free pdf download of the entire book. As the author, I own the copyright. Amazon markets bound print copies of the book at at a nominal price for classroom use. The book can also be ordered through college bookstores using the following ISBN numbers:

  • ISBN-13 978-1469960647
  • ISBN-10 1469960648

The format and coverage remains similar to the first edition, many small revisions and updates have been made. All graphs have been redrawn using the latest in computer imaging technology. The book contains a comprehensive treatment of the traditional agricultural production economics topics employing both detailed graphics and differential calculus. The text focuses on the neoclassical factor-product, factor-factor and product-product models, and is suitable for an advanced undergraduate or a beginning graduate-level course in static production economics. Chapters also deal with linear programming, risk and uncertainty and intertemporal resource allocation. A basic knowledge of differential calculus is assumed. Individual chapters are largely self-contained, and the book is suitable for instruction at a variety of levels depending on the specific needs of the instructor and the mathematics background of the students.

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About the Author(s)

David L. Debertin is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky and has been on the University of Kentucky Agricultural Economics faculty since 1974 with a specialization in agricultural production and community resource economics. He received a B.S. and an M.S. degree from North Dakota State University, and completed a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University in 1973. He has taught the introductory graduate-level course in agricultural production economics in each year he has been at the University of Kentucky. The first edition of Agricultural Production economics was published in hardback by Macmillan in 1986. He began work on the second edition of the book after the Macmillan edition went out of print in 1992, taking advantage of emerging two-and three-dimensional computer graphics technologies by linking these to the calculus of the modern theory of production economics. The book has been edited and revised each year since 1992. All diagrams and figures benefit from improved computer technology since the first edition was written. The current edition also includes two chapters on contemporary production theory that were not part of the first edition.


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