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Non-Linear Catching-up and Long-Run Convergence in the Agricultural Productivity of US States

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  • Christos Emmanouilides

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    (Aristotle University)

  • Panos Fousekis

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    (Professor, Aristotle University, Dept. Economics)

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This note investigates convergence of agricultural total factor productivity (TFP) for 48 contiguous states in the US. This is carried out using a recently developed methodology which allows for a clear delineation between catching-up and long-run convergence as well as for the presence of non-linearity in TFP differentials. According to the empirical results, the state TFP dynamics are predominantly long-run converging.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 29 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 182-189

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08q10010

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