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The Structure of Production, Technical Change and Total Factor Productivity in the Northern Ireland Agricultural Industry, 1955-86


  • McKillop, Donal G
  • Glass, J Colin


This paper presents an empirical investigation of the structure of production in N. Ireland agricultural industry. A flexible (translog) cost function model is estimated to obtain measures of neutral and non-neutral technical change, substitution between factor inputs, and economies of scale. The cost function model is also utilized to decompose Tornqvist productivity gains into the contributions due to technical change, scale economies, and other (residually measured) influences. This decomposition analysis provides useful estimates of the extent to which productivity growth has been hindered by the small scale of N. Ireland farms and the extent to which this has been offset by technical change. Copyright 1991 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • McKillop, Donal G & Glass, J Colin, 1991. "The Structure of Production, Technical Change and Total Factor Productivity in the Northern Ireland Agricultural Industry, 1955-86," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 38(2), pages 192-205, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:38:y:1991:i:2:p:192-205

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