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Farm Labor: Key Conceptual and Measurement Issues on the Route to Better Farm Cost and Return Estimates

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•Labor-is one* of-the important inputs in agricultural production. :How it is measured and- valued is.'important for establishing the marginal cost .of agricultural . commodities and .labor's- share of the cost of production. Historically in agricultural commodity cost?return methods,' labor and management have been treated as distinct, unrelated, or disconnected inputs. A variety of reasons undoubtedly exist for this separation. .The^perspective that leads to a separation of;labor and management, however,•as hot in tune.-.with-advances'-over the. past two .decades in the-modern concept of labor from.labor.economics or with econometric studies of. off-farm labor ^supply of farm household ..members and agricultural production.

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  • Huffman, Wallace E., 1996. "Farm Labor: Key Conceptual and Measurement Issues on the Route to Better Farm Cost and Return Estimates," ISU General Staff Papers 199604010800001279, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Robert E. Evenson & Wallace B. Huffman, 1997. "Long-Run Structural and Productivity Change in U.S. Agriculture: Effects of Prices and Policies," Working Papers 773, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
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    3. Andersson, Fredrik Ca, 2005. "The Swedish 1990 Agricultural Reform - Adjustments of the Use of Land," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24706, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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