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Ram Fishman
Tel Aviv University
Ram Fishman is Assistant Professor of economics at Tel Aviv University. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of economics and international affairs at George Washington University (GWU), Washington D.C., and associate researcher at the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Ram holds a M.Sc. in physics from the Weitzman Institute of Science and a Ph.D. in sustainable development from Columbia University. Prior to coming to GWU, Ram was a Sustainability Science Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ram's research focusses on sustainable agriculture, improved technology adoption, and water scarcity in developing countries.

Articles By Ram Fishman
Structural transformation and spillovers from ‘Industrial Areas’
Posted On: 07 Dec 2017

Topics:   Economic Growth , Jobs

A defining feature of economic development is the reallocation of labour from subsistence agriculture to manufacturing. To shed light on this process, this column analyses Karnataka’s Industrial Areas (IAs) programme that facilitated the establishment of industrial firms in rural areas. It finds that IAs caused a large increase in the number of firms and employment with substantial spillovers to neighbouring villages, and triggered a classic ‘structural transformation’ of the economy.
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Running out of water, walking away from farming
Posted On: 18 Dec 2013

Groundwater tables are falling in India. What will happen when water actually runs out? This column analyses the impact of water scarcity on farmers in Gujarat. It finds that farmers are failing to or choosing not to adapt to the availability of less water. They are forced to shrink cultivation, leave farming or migrate to cities - thereby, reducing food production.
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