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Title:Vent for surplus or productivity breakthrough? The Ghanaian cocoa take-off, c.1890-1936
Author:Austin, GarethISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:The Economic History Review (ISSN 1468-0289)
Volume:67
Issue:4
Pages:1035-1064
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subject:cocoa
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-0289.12043/full
Abstract:Through a case study of cocoa-farming in Ghana, this article takes up the long-running but recently neglected debate about the 'cash crop revolution' in tropical Africa during the early colonial period. It focuses on the supply side, to test the much criticized but never superseded 'vent-for-surplus' interpretation of the export expansion as a substitution of labour for leisure.
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