Catch-up and Convergence in Global Agricultural Productivity
In this paper we examine levels and trends in agricultural output and productivity in 97 developed and developing countries that account for a major portion of the world population and agricultural output. We make use of data drawn from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and cover the period 1980-1995. Due to the non-availability of reliable input price data, the study uses data envelopment analysis (DEA) to derive Malmquist productivity indexes. The study examines trends in agricultural productivity over the period. Issues of catch-up and convergence, or in some cases possible divergence, in productivity in agriculture are examined within a global framework.
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Volume (Year): 39 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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