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The Productivity Effects of Extension Appointments in Land-Grant Colleges

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  • Jeremy D. Foltz
  • Bradford L. Barham

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This article analyzes the primary activities of agricultural college faculty with and without extension appointments using survey data. The evidence suggests that differences between extension professors and others in agricultural colleges in terms of research production are small for minor extension appointments, but show significant and increasing trade-offs between extension and research outputs above a 40% extension appointment. The evidence is broadly suggestive of the potential for gains from exploiting complementarities between extension and research rather than from pursuing high levels of specialization. The work concludes with implications for the role of state specialists in Cooperative Extension. Copyright 2009 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

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  • Jeremy D. Foltz & Bradford L. Barham, 2009. "The Productivity Effects of Extension Appointments in Land-Grant Colleges," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 712-733, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:31:y:2009:i:4:p:712-733
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