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Measuring The Components Of Aggregate Productivity Growth In U.S. Agriculture

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  • Capalbo, Susan M.
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    A method of decomposing the growth in total factor productivity into effects due to nonconstant returns to scale and technical change was applied to the U.S. agricultural sector. The scale effects and technical changes were measured using an economically estimated two-output, three-input translog cost model. Total factor productivity as conventionally measured grew at an average annual rate of 1.56% from 1950-82. This growth rate, however, misrepresented the rate of technical change in U.S. agriculture primarily due to the nonconstant scales effects.

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

    Volume (Year): 13 (1988)
    Issue (Month): 01 (July)
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    Keywords: Productivity Analysis;

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    1. Christopher J. O'Donnell, 2012. "Nonparametric Estimates of the Components of Productivity and Profitability Change in U.S. Agriculture," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 94(4), pages 873-890.
    2. Fulginiti, Lilyan E. & Perrin, Richard K., 1998. "Agricultural productivity in developing countries," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 19(1-2), pages 45-51, September.
    3. Giannis Karagiannis & George Mergos, 2000. "Total Factor Productivity Growth and Technical Change in a Profit Function Framework," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 14(1), pages 31-51, July.
    4. Voigt, Peter, 2004. "Russlands Weg vom Plan zum Markt: Sektorale Trends und regionale Spezifika. Eine Analyse der Produktivitäts- und Effizienzentwicklungen in der Transformationsphase," Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Central and Eastern Europe, Leib­niz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), volume 28, number 93021.
    5. Fulginiti, Lilyan E. & Perrin, Richard K., 1997. "LDC agriculture: Nonparametric Malmquist productivity indexes," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(2), pages 373-390, August.

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