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Market Constraints, Misallocation, and Productivity in Vietnam Agriculture

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  • Stephen Ayerst
  • Loren Brandt
  • Diego Restuccia

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We examine important changes in agriculture in Vietnam in the context of ongoing structural changes in the economy. We use a household-level panel dataset and a quantitative framework to document the extent and consequences of factor misallocation in agriculture during the period between 2006 and 2016. Despite rapid growth in agricultural productivity and a reallocation of factor inputs to more productive farmers, we find that misallocation across farmers remains high and increased during the period. Reallocation of factor inputs has not been strong enough to accommodate substantial changes in farm productivity over time. Our analysis also reveals important differences between the north and south regions.

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  • Stephen Ayerst & Loren Brandt & Diego Restuccia, 2018. "Market Constraints, Misallocation, and Productivity in Vietnam Agriculture," Working Papers tecipa-615, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-615
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    agriculture; misallocation; Vietnam; productivity; regions.;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture

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