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Labor Substitutability in Labor Intensive Agriculture and Technological Change in the Presence of Foreign Labor

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  • Napasintuwong, Orachos
  • Emerson, Robert D.

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The Morishima elasticity of substitution (MES) is estimated to address factor substitutability in Florida agriculture during 1960-1999. By adopting a profit maximization model of induced innovation theory, the MES's between hired and self-employed labor and the MES's between labor and capital provide implications for future immigration policies.

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  • Napasintuwong, Orachos & Emerson, Robert D., 2005. "Labor Substitutability in Labor Intensive Agriculture and Technological Change in the Presence of Foreign Labor," Working Papers 15649, University of Florida, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center.
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    1. Iwai, Nobuyuki & Emerson, Robert D. & Walters, Lurleen M., 2008. "Labor Cost and Technology Adoption: Real Options Approach for the Case of Sugarcane Mechanization in Florida," 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas 6758, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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