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Social rate of return to plant breeding research in Germany

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  • von Witzke, Harald
  • Jechlitschka, Kurt
  • Kirschke, Dieter
  • Lotze-Campen, Hermann
  • Noleppa, Steffen
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    This article focuses on the social rate of return to plant breeding investment in Germany between 1980-2000. Starting point of the analysis is the development of total factor productivity which is decomposed into the effects of factor input and research investment. Information on investment in plant breeding have been obtained via questionnaires sent to both private plant breeding companies and public research organizations. The empirical results suggest significant underinvestment in German plant breeding research, as the calculated social rate of return is in the range of 16 to 28%.

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    Article provided by Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Department for Agricultural Economics in its journal German Journal of Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 53 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:gjagec:97449

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    Keywords: agricultural research; plant breeding investment; social rate of return; Public Economics; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies;

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    1. von Witzke, Harald, 2007. "Landwirtschaft in der okologischen Marktwirtschaft: Sicherung der Welternahrung vs. Klimaschutz und Bioenergie," Working Paper Series 10290, Humboldt University Berlin, Department Agricultural Economics.

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