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Induced Innovations And Foreign Workers In U.S. Agriculture

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  • Napasintuwong, Orachos
  • Emerson, Robert D.

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A cost function approach of induced innovation is used to measure the biases in U.S. agricultural technology between 1948-1994. The results show significant labor-saving, capital-using technical change. Focusing on the impact of migration policy on labor-saving technology, a simulation of different rates of labor-saving technical change is conducted. The simulation shows decreases in elasticity of labor demand and demand quantity, and an increase in wage rate as technology becomes more labor-saving.

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  • Napasintuwong, Orachos & Emerson, Robert D., 2002. "Induced Innovations And Foreign Workers In U.S. Agriculture," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19738, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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