my question is restricted to let’s say the first two decades after Chinese takeover, not to the recent economic growth that must have lifted all boats in China, theirs included.
Well, so these farmers used to be ruled by the Tibetan theocratic / feudal / landlord whatever aristocracy. Then the old aristocracy got the boot and they were all of a sudden ruled by the new Communist Party aristocracy. Do we know how much of an economic change that was for them? Did effective taxes increase or decrease or what? Did they immediately get access to some wonderful new modern goods or echnology that the feudals never bothered to introduce or import for whatever reason? How about more intangible stuff like ability of a landless man to move to another village after having a falling out with the local bigshots, was Communist policy on this better than the feudal policy?
Incidentally, did anybody even bothered asking such questions in the field of Chinese historical studies? Let’s say did anybody hang out with and interview elderly Tibetan peasants about their economic affairs back in the day during the feudalism-to-Communism transition?