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R&D Spillovers to Agriculture: Measurement and Application


  • Evenson, R.E.
  • Johnson, D.K.N.


This paper discusses the measurement of R&D spillovers (specifically spill-ins) to the agricultural and food processing sectors. We report measures of direct inter-sectoral and international spillovers based on the Yale Technology Concordance (YTC) and patent data for 14 less developed countries(LDCs) and newly industrialized countries (NICs). We also provide an application of this type of data to six-nation study of agricultural productivity.

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  • Evenson, R.E. & Johnson, D.K.N., 1998. "R&D Spillovers to Agriculture: Measurement and Application," Papers 98-01, Wellesley College - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wecoec:98-01

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    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services


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