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Agricultural research: Implications for productivity in New Zealand and Australia

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  • J. D. Mullen
  • G. M. Scobie
  • J. Crean

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R&D is as an important source of productivity growth in New Zealand and Australian agriculture. In this paper trends in public investment in R&D and in productivity growth are reviewed. Investment in R&D has been flat in both countries until an upturn in recent years in New Zealand. Nevertheless research intensity in Australia appears to have been higher than that in New Zealand. Productivity growth is also likely to have been higher. We review recent analyses and tentatively conclude that returns to investments in domestic research in both countries are likely to have been in the order of 15 - 20%.

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  • J. D. Mullen & G. M. Scobie & J. Crean, 2008. "Agricultural research: Implications for productivity in New Zealand and Australia," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(2), pages 191-211.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:42:y:2008:i:2:p:191-211
    DOI: 10.1080/00779950809544421
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    1. Melleny Black & Melody Guy & Nathan McLellan, 2003. "Productivity in New Zealand 1988 to 2002," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(1), pages 119-150.
    2. Shane, Mathew & Roe, Terry L. & Gopinath, Munisamy, 1998. "U.S. Agricultural Growth and Productivity: An Economywide Perspective," Agricultural Economics Reports 34047, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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    1. Christopher J. O'Donnell, 2010. "Measuring and decomposing agricultural productivity and profitability change ," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 54(4), pages 527-560, October.

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