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Representing the production structure of South African agriculture


  • Poonyth, Daneswar
  • van Zyl, Johan


This paper evaluates the production structure of the South African agricultural sector for the period 1970-1998, using a translog function. The results show that the production structure is best represented by production technology that is Hicks-neutral and homothetic. This information is useful in evaluating the results of previous research on the structure of South African agricultural production, particularly relatively recent research on elasticities of substitution. In addition, it also provides the basis for meaningful future analysis of aspects related to the production structure of agriculture.

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  • Poonyth, Daneswar & van Zyl, Johan, 2000. "Representing the production structure of South African agriculture," Agrekon, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), vol. 39(4), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:agreko:54222

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    1. Kost, William E., 1980. "Model Validation And The Net Trade Model," Agricultural Economics Research, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, issue 2.
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    1. Johan van Zyl & Nick Vink & Johann Kirsten & Daneswan Poonyth, 2001. "South African agriculture in transition: the 1990s," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(6), pages 725-739.


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