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Investment Age and Dynamic Productivity Growth in the Spanish Food Processing Industry

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  • Magdalena Kapelko
  • Alfons Oude Lansink
  • Spiro E. Stefanou

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This article analyzes the relation between investment age, measured as the number of years since investment spike, and dynamic productivity growth and its components, which include dynamic technical change, dynamic inefficiency change, and dynamic scale inefficiency change. The empirical application focuses on firm-level data for the Spanish food processing industry covering the period from 1996 to 2011. This investigation of the impact of firms' investment decisions on productivity growth employs a dynamic production framework and analyzes the impact of these decisions on the components of dynamic productivity growth. Our findings show that dynamic productivity growth is negatively affected by investment spikes in both the meat processing and oils and fats industries, and that dynamic inefficiency change initially falls just after the infusion of large investment for oils and fats firms, but then grows as the firms acquire experience with this investment. We further find that investment spikes lead to improvements in dynamic technical change and worsening in dynamic technical inefficiency change in the meat processing industry, while dynamic scale inefficiency change was negatively impacted in both industries.

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  • Magdalena Kapelko & Alfons Oude Lansink & Spiro E. Stefanou, 2016. "Investment Age and Dynamic Productivity Growth in the Spanish Food Processing Industry," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 98(3), pages 946-961.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:98:y:2016:i:3:p:946-961.
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    1. Juan Aparicio & Magdalena Kapelko & Bernhard Mahlberg & Jose L. Sainz-Pardo, 2017. "Measuring input-specific productivity change based on the principle of least action," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 47(1), pages 17-31, February.
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