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Disaggregate Productivity Growth in Livestock Production: A Directional Malmquist Index Approach

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  • Ludena, Carlos E.
  • Hertel, Thomas W.
  • Preckel, Paul V.
  • Foster, Kenneth A.
  • Nin Pratt, Alejandro

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Limited data on the allocation of inputs to different activities has limited agricultural economists' attempts to measure sub-sector productivity growth in agriculture. However, recent developments have enabled us to estimate total factor productivity (TFP) growth for crops and livestock accounting for input-output allocation. This paper extends previous work on TFP measurement for livestock into ruminants and non-ruminant productivity measurement, given the differences in productivity growth rates among these species. The results show that the non-ruminant sector is more dynamic than the ruminant sector, driving most of the productivity growth within the livestock sector. Given the rapid rates of productivity growth observed recently, non-ruminant productivity in developing countries may soon be converging to the productivity levels of developed countries.

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Paper provided by American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) in its series 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI with number 19395.

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Keywords: total factor productivity; Malmquist index; livestock; ruminants; non-ruminants; Productivity Analysis; O47; O57; Q16;

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