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Induced Innovations and Foreign Workers in U.S. Agriculture

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  • Napasintuwong, Orachos
  • Emerson, Robert D.

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A cost function approach of induced innovation is used to measure the biases in U.S. agricultural technology between 1948-1994. The results show significant labor-saving, capital-using technical change. Focusing on the impact of migration policy on labor-saving technology, a simulaton of different rates of labor-saving technical change is conducted. The simulation shows decreases in elasticity of labor demand and demand quantity, and an increase in wage rate as technology becomes more labor-saving.

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Paper provided by University of Florida, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center in its series Working Papers with number 15641.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uflowp:15641

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Keywords: induced innovation; biased technical change; foreign labor; Labor and Human Capital; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Q160; J430; O300;

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