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Labor Cost and Technology Adoption: Real Options Approach for the Case of Sugarcane Mechanization in Florida

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  • Iwai, Nobuyuki
  • Emerson, Robert D.
  • Walters, Lurleen M.
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    Specialty crop farmers have expressed concern about labor shortages and cost increases which may arise with immigration reform. The large-scale mechanization of the Florida sugarcane harvest during the 1970s/80s serves as an historical example of how technologies evolved due to changes in local labor market conditions.

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    Paper provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its series 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas with number 6758.

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    Date of creation: 2008
    Handle: RePEc:ags:saeaed:6758
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    1. Napasintuwong, Orachos & Emerson, Robert D., 2004. "Labor Substitutability In Labor Intensive Agriculture And Technological Change In The Presence Of Foreign Labor," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20048, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    5. Iwai, Nobuyuki & Emerson, Robert D. & Walters, Lurleen M., 2006. "Legal Status and U.S. Farm Wages," 2006 Annual Meeting, February 5-8, 2006, Orlando, Florida 35335, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    6. Emerson, Robert D., 2007. "Agricultural Labor Markets and Immigration," Choices, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 22(1).
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