© 2002

Agricultural Productivity

Measurement and Sources of Growth

  • V. Elton Ball
  • George W. Norton

Part of the Studies in Productivity and Efficiency book series (SIPE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. V. Eldon Ball, George W. Norton
      Pages 1-8
  3. Production Accounts and Productivity of U.S. Agriculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. V. Eldon Ball, Jean-Pierre Butault, Richard F. Nehring
      Pages 11-35
    3. Albert K. A. Acquaye, Julian M. Alston, Philip G. Pardey
      Pages 37-84
    4. D. S. Prasada Rao, Christopher J. O’Donnell, V. Eldon Ball
      Pages 85-116
    5. Charles B. Moss, Gregory Livanis, Vince Breneman, Richard F. Nehring
      Pages 117-133
  4. Productivity, Efficiency, and the Role of R&D and Infrastructure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Wallace E. Huffman, V. Eldon Ball, Munisamy Gopinath, Agapi Somwaru
      Pages 167-183
    3. Jet Yee, Wallace E. Huffman, Mary Ahearn, Doris Newton
      Pages 185-209
  5. Productivity Growth and the Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Robert L. Kellogg, Richard F. Nehring, Arthur Grube, Donald W. Goss, Steven Plotkin
      Pages 213-256
    3. V. Eldon Ball, Rolf Färe, Shawna Grosskopf, F. Hernandez-Sancho, Richard F. Nehring
      Pages 257-275
    4. V. Eldon Ball, Ronald G Felthoven, Richard F. Nehring, Catherine J. Morrison Paul
      Pages 293-309
  6. Discussion

    1. Robert E. Evenson, Bruce L. Gardner, Dale W. Jorgenson, C. Richard Shumway
      Pages 311-319
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-324

About this book


Agricultural Productivity: Measurement and Sources of Growth addresses measurement issues and techniques in agricultural productivity analysis, applying those techniques to recently published data sets for American agriculture. The data sets are used to estimate and explain state level productivity and efficiency differences, and to test different approaches to productivity measurement. The rise in agricultural productivity is the single most important source of economic growth in the U.S. farm sector, and the rate of productivity growth is estimated to be higher in agriculture than in the non-farm sector. It is important to understand productivity sources and to measure its growth properly, including the effects of environmental externalities.

Both the methods and the data can be accessed by economists at the state level to conduct analyses for their own states. In a sense, although not explicitly, the book provides a guide to using the productivity data available on the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Economic Research Service. It should be of interest to a broad spectrum of professionals in academia, the government, and the private sector.


Agricultural Sector agriculture economic growth environment growth pesticide production productivity

Editors and affiliations

  • V. Elton Ball
    • 1
  • George W. Norton
    • 2
  1. 1.Economic Research ServiceU.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Applied EconomicsVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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