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Catch-up and Convergence in Global Agricultural Productivity

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  • D. S. Prasada Rao

    (Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4072 Australia.)

  • T. J. Coelli

    (Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4072 Australia.)

Abstract

In this paper we examine levels and trends in agricultural output and productivity in 97 developed and developing countries that account for a major portion of the world population and agricultural output. We make use of data drawn from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and cover the period 1980-1995. Due to the non-availability of reliable input price data, the study uses data envelopment analysis (DEA) to derive Malmquist productivity indexes. The study examines trends in agricultural productivity over the period. Issues of catch-up and convergence, or in some cases possible divergence, in productivity in agriculture are examined within a global framework.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics in its journal Indian Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 39 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 123-148

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Handle: RePEc:dse:indecr:v:39:y:2004:i:1:p:123-148

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Keywords: Malmquist Productivity Analysis; Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA); Technical Change; Efficiency Change;

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  1. Nin Pratt, Alejandro & Yu, Bingxin, 2009. "An Updated Look at the Recovery of Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51731, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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