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Sub-Saharan Africa: Methods for Examining Institutions and Agricultural Productivity


  • Yu, Bingxin
  • Fulginiti, Lilyan E.
  • Perrin, Richard K.


This study estimates nonparametric non-stochastic Malmquist indices and a stochastic Fourier production frontier to examine agricultural productivity and its interactions with socio-political institutions in 41 sub-Saharan African countries during 1961-1999. We have learned from this study that on average, agricultural productivity in SSA was negative during the 1960's and 1970's, but has been positive during the last two decades. Institutions offer a significant explanation of at least some of the differential performance across countries.

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  • Yu, Bingxin & Fulginiti, Lilyan E. & Perrin, Richard K., 2003. "Sub-Saharan Africa: Methods for Examining Institutions and Agricultural Productivity," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22104, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea03:22104

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