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U.S. Agricultural Growth and Productivity: An Economywide Perspective

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  • Shane, Mathew
  • Roe, Terry L.
  • Gopinath, Munisamy

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Growth of U.S. agriculture is dependent on increases in productivity, three-fourths of which is accounted for by public investment in agricultural research and development (R&D) and infrastructure, according to this research. Productivity growth in U.S. agriculture benefits consumers by putting downward pressure on real primary and processed food prices. Moreover, maintaining export growth in international markets relies on relative productivity growth against major competitors. Public investments in agricultural R&D have stagnated since the mid-1970's, raising questions about sustained productivity growth in U.S. agriculture.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Agricultural Economics Reports with number 34047.

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Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uerser:34047

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Keywords: agricultural growth; agricultural research and development; total factor productivity growth; public investments; international trade negotiations; International Development; Productivity Analysis;

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  1. Munisamy, Gopinath & Roe, Terry L., 1995. "General Equilibrium Analysis of Supply and Factor Returns in U.S. Agriculture, 1949-91," Bulletins 7516, University of Minnesota, Economic Development Center.
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  5. Ahearn, Mary Clare & Yee, Jet & Ball, V. Eldon & Nehring, Richard F., 1998. "Agricultural Productivity in the United States," Agricultural Information Bulletins 33687, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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  8. Pederson, Glenn D. & Khitarishvili, Tamar, 2001. "Trade And Macroeconomic Policy: What Does It Mean For Farmers And Lenders?," Agricultural Outlook Forum 2001 33081, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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