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Agricultural productivity and its determinants: revisiting international experiences

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  • Claudio Bravo-Ortega
  • Daniel Lederman

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This paper makes three contributions to the literature on agricultural productivity. First, we provide estimates of growth in agriculture’s total factor productivity (TFP) for a panel of countries using a translog-production function. In contrast to most of the existing literature, the evidence suggests that agricultural TFP growth in developing countries has been positive during the past four decades. Second, the empirical analysis looks at the determinants of agricultural productivity by controlling for infrastructure and other public goods. Third, we pay close attention to international heterogeneity with a special focus on Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. The econometric results suggest that electricity generating capacity per capita has had positive effects on agricultural TFP, whereas roads and credit availability have had negative effects worldwide. Literacy also appears to be important for promoting agricultural productivity. The regression models also control for climactic anom

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  • Claudio Bravo-Ortega & Daniel Lederman, 2004. "Agricultural productivity and its determinants: revisiting international experiences," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 31(2 Year 20), pages 133-163, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:udc:esteco:v:31:y:2004:i:2:p:133-163
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    Keywords

    Agriculture; Productivity; Regional study.;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O49 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Other
    • Q19 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Other

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