Concepts to consider in developing a microcomputer simulation model to promote understanding of linkages between the macroeconomy and agriculture in a developing country
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AbstractGraduation date: 1988
The purpose of this thesis is to discuss concepts and strategies that provide a general framework which can be used to develop a microcomputer simulation model for educating senior public officials on the linkages between the macroeconomy and agriculture in a developing country. Tradition has it that agriculture is preeminently microeconomics. Those working in the agricultural sector usually relegate macroeconomics to the corner of general economic issues. Yet, it is the macro-management of the economy that provides the strong environment necessary for development of both urban and rural sectors. Micro-agricultural policies and programs succeed generally because of the broader economic environment often pro vided by prudent management of the rate of growth of the money supply, by keeping most interest rates at economic levels, a reasonably open policy to ward developing of banking and para-banking institutions, an exchange rate policy that is liberal, and by trade policies which, although far from ideal, do not prevent the agricultural sector from deriving stimulation from international markets. This study, therefore, outlines an educational program specifically to meet the needs of those in policy analysis and decision-making positions in agriculture and related sectors so that they can understand macroeconomic policy and its linkages with agriculture. The program is built around the principle of adult learning theory so that it emphasizes hands-on, practical approach methods. Simulation, case method, and other participatory instructional methods are recommended as likely to be most effective.