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Agricultural Productivity in Space - An econometric assessment on Italian farm-level data

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  • Edoardo Baldoni

    () (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali - Universita' Politecnica delle Marche)

  • Roberto Esposti

    () (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali - Universita' Politecnica delle Marche)

Abstract

This work aims to investigate the spatial dependence of agricultural Total Factor Productivity (TFP) by using farm-level data and aggregating them at a variable geographical scale. At this scale a multilateral TFP index is computed and the spatial and time dependence of this TFP measure is assessed within a spatial dynamic panel specification. Alternative Least Squares (LS), Maximum Likelihood (ML) and Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimation approaches are proposed and respective results compared. The application concerns Italian farm-level data over the period 2008-2015. Results suggests that higher productivity spillovers are found for those NUTS3 regions with similar neighborhoods in terms of production specialization. Higher spill-ins are found in those NUTS3 with a larger number of geographical connections, regardless of their similarity in terms of production specialization.

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  • Edoardo Baldoni & Roberto Esposti, 2018. "Agricultural Productivity in Space - An econometric assessment on Italian farm-level data," Working Papers 428, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
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    Keywords

    Productivity Spatial Dependence; Technological Spillovers; Multilateral TFP index; Dynamic Panel Models;

    JEL classification:

    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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