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Catch-up and Convergence in Global Agricultural Productivity

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  • D. S. Prasada Rao

    (Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4072 Australia.)

  • T. J. Coelli

    (Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4072 Australia.)

Abstract

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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  • D. S. Prasada Rao & T. J. Coelli, 2004. "Catch-up and Convergence in Global Agricultural Productivity," Indian Economic Review, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, vol. 39(1), pages 123-148, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:dse:indecr:v:39:y:2004:i:1:p:123-148
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    1. Nin-Pratt, Alejandro, 2015. "Inputs, productivity, and agricultural growth in Africa South of the Sahara:," IFPRI discussion papers 1432, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Lachaud, Michee & Bravo-Ureta, Boris & Ludena, Carlos, 2015. "Agricultural Productivity Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): An analysis of Climatic Effects, Convergence, and Catch-up," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 211721, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Nin Pratt, Alejandro & Yu, Bingxin, 2008. "An updated look at the recovery of agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa:," IFPRI discussion papers 787, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    4. Lachaud, Michee Arnold & Bravo-Ureta, Boris E. & Ludena, Carlos E., 2015. "Agricultural productivity growth in Latin America and the Caribbean and other world regions: An analysis of climatic effects, convergence and catch-up," Working Papers 40, University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.
    5. Ertugrul Deliktaþ, 2008. "The Comparison of Technical Efficiency and Productivity Growth in Transition Countries and the Soviet Union Countries," Papers of the Annual IUE-SUNY Cortland Conference in Economics,in: Proceedings of the Conference on Emerging Economic Issues in a Globalizing World, pages 91-107 Izmir University of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Malmquist Productivity Analysis; Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA); Technical Change; Efficiency Change;

    JEL classification:

    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • 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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