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Productivity Divergence across Kansas Farms

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  • Yeager, Elizabeth A.
  • Langemeier, Michael R.

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This study used 30 years of continuous data for 135 farms in Kansas to explore changes in productivity using Malmquist productivity indices (MPI). The indices were used to determine whether there was productivity convergence or divergence in Kansas farms. The results showed there was significant divergence among the farms. The average annual productivity growth was 0.50 percent; the top farms based on MPI were larger in terms of value of farm production, crop farm income, and livestock farm income and received a larger percentage of their income from oilseeds, feed grains, and swine than the other farms on average.

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  • Yeager, Elizabeth A. & Langemeier, Michael R., 2011. "Productivity Divergence across Kansas Farms," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 40(2), August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:117777
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    1. Amin W. Mugera & Michael R. Langemeier & Andrew Ojede, 2016. "Contributions of Productivity and Relative Price Changes to Farm-level Profitability Change," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 98(4), pages 1210-1229.

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