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A three-factor agricultural production function: The case of Canada

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  • Cristina Echevarria

    (University of Saskatoon)

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This paper estimates a constant returns to scale agricultural production function with just threeinputs: land, labour and capital -the basic factors of production. It uses the shares approach thatSolow used in 1957 and very disaggregated Canadian data. A constant returns to scale function ofthe three basic factors of production is a useful tool for macroeconomic, and growth anddevelopment studies. The main results of this paper are that, first, in Canada agriculture is lesslabour intensive than both services and industry, but capital intensity is similar in the threesectors. Second, the share of land in value added is estimated to be 16% Third, total factorproductivity growth in Canada has been roughly the same -0'3%- in agriculture and manufacturesover the period 1971-91.

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 1997-12.

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Length: 2 pages
Date of creation: Apr 1997
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Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:1997-12

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Keywords: Constant returns to scale; land; total factor productivity growth;

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  1. Bernard, A.B. & Jones, C.I., 1993. "Productivity Across Industries and Countries: Time Series Theory and Evidence," Working papers 93-17, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
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  4. E. Cristina Echevarria, 2008. "International trade and the sectoral composition of production," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 11(1), pages 192-206, January.

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