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Environmentally Adjusted Agricultural Productivity in the Great Plains

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  • Rezek, Jon P.
  • Perrin, Richard K.

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This study adjusts 1960-1996 agricultural productivity gains in a panel of Great Plains states to account for the discharge of pesticide and nitrogen effluents into the environment. The agricultural-environmental technology is approximated with translog distance functions that allow us to contrast traditional versus environmentally adjusted productivity gains. Findings indicate technical change has been increasingly biased toward environmentally friendly production. While the environmental adjustment reduced overall productivity gains during the sample period, in recent years adjusted productivity outpaced the traditional measure, reflecting the pro-environment bias in technical change.

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Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 29 (2004)
Issue (Month): 02 (August)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:31112

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Keywords: agricultural productivity; distance function; environmental externalities; nitrogen; pesticides; technical change bias; Environmental Economics and Policy; Productivity Analysis;

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  1. Rezek, Jon P. & Campbell, Randall C., 2007. "Cost estimates for multiple pollutants: A maximum entropy approach," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 503-519, May.

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