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Agricultural Productivity Convergence: Myth or Reality?


  • Poudel, Biswo N.
  • Paudel, Krishna P.
  • Zilberman, David


We tested agricultural productivity convergence in the United States using the state level total factor productivity data and utilizing new estimation and cluster identification methods to identify convergence in the data. The empirical investigation did not indicate any evidence of agricultural total factor productivity (TFP) convergence at the state level. However, we found the evidence of TFP convergence at the regional level for some regions/clusters.

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  • Poudel, Biswo N. & Paudel, Krishna P. & Zilberman, David, 2011. "Agricultural Productivity Convergence: Myth or Reality?," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 43(01), February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:100654

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    1. Kutub Uddin & Zohurul Anis & Muhammad Jakir Hossain & Zohurul Islam Shamol, 2016. "Examining Convergence in Per Capita Agricultural Production across Selected Asian countries," International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, vol. 6(10), pages 178-194, October.

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    agricultural total factor productivity; convergence; human capital; U.S. states; Production Economics; Productivity Analysis; Q10; O47;

    JEL classification:

    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence


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