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A Three Factor Agricultural Production Function: The Case of Canada

  • Cristina Echevarria

    (University of Saskatchewan)

This paper estimates a constant returns to scale agricultural production function of the three basic factors of production. Such a function is a useful tool for macroeconomic, growth, and development studies. It uses the shares approach that Solow used in 1957 and very disaggregated Canadian data. The main results of this paper are that first, in Canada, agriculture is less labour intensive than both services and industry, but capital intensity is similar in the three sectors. Second, the share of land in value added is estimated to be 16%. Third, total factor productivity growth in Canada has been roughly the same--0.3%--in agriculture and manufactures over the period 1971-91.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Microeconomics with number 0510011.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 20 Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmi:0510011
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  1. Alan C. Stockman, 1987. "Sectoral and National Aggregate Disturbances to Industrial Output in Seven European Countries," NBER Working Papers 2313, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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