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International Agricultural Productivity Patterns

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  • Craig, Barbara J.
  • Pardey, Philip G.
  • Roseboom, Johannes

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In this paper we present measures of land and labor productivity for a group of 98 developed and developing countries using an entirely new data set with annual observations spanning the past three decades. The substantial cross-country and intertemporal variation in productivity in our sample is linked to both natural and economic factors. We extend previous work by dealing with multiple sources of measurement error in conventional agricultural inputs when accounting for observed differences in productivity. In addition to the mix of conventional inputs in agriculture, we find that indicators of quality change in these inputs and the amount of publicly provided infrastructure are significant in explaining cross-sectional differences in productivity patterns.

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Paper provided by University of Minnesota, Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy in its series Working Papers with number 14470.

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Date of creation: 1994
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Handle: RePEc:ags:umciwp:14470

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Keywords: Productivity Analysis;

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  1. Trueblood, Michael A., 1994. "An Annotated Bibliography Of Selected Productivity Literature," Staff Papers 13580, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
  2. Wood, Stanley & Pardey, Philip G., 1997. "Agroecological aspects of evaluating agricultural research and development:," EPTD discussion papers 23, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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