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Agricultural Productivity and Economic Policies: Concepts and Measurements


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  • Yair Mundlak


This study develops a conceptual framework for analysing the ways in which changes in the economic environment modify factor productivity. It focuses on the technology actually used in production — implemented technology — rather than the generation of technology. Implementation reflects the pattern of incentives and constraints deriving from the underlying economic conditions with which producers are faced in making technology choices. The study provides an original, formal theoretical underpinning to the popular but essentially unsubstantiated proposition that productivity and the rate of growth of productivity depend on the policy framework ... Le dispositif conceptuel développé dans ce document montre de quelle manière l'évolution de l'environnement économique modifie la productivité des facteurs. L'accent est mis sur la technologie utilisée dans la production — technologie installée — plutôt que sur la création de nouvelles technolgies. Sa mise en oeuvre reflète les caractéristiques des incitations et des contraintes liées aux conditions économiques et auxquelles sont confrontés les producteurs lorsqu'ils doivent faire des choix technologiques. Le document constitue une base originale, formelle et théorique à la proposition courante mais pas véritablement explicitée, selon laquelle la productivité et son taux de croissance dépendent de la conception structurelle des politiques ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Development Centre Working Papers with number 75.

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Date of creation: Aug 1992
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Handle: RePEc:oec:devaaa:75-en

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  1. Waleerat Suphannachart & Peter Warr, 2010. "Total Factor Productivity in Thai Agriculture Measurement and Determinants," Working Papers 201001, Kasetsart University, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.


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