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Agricultural Productivity Patterns

  • Julian M. Alston
  • Jennifer S. James
  • Matthew A. Andersen
  • Philip G. Pardey
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Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 34)

Abstract

At the center of our empirical work is a model of state-specific productivity growth as a function of investments in agricultural research. While the notions of productivity and changes in productivity are intuitive, it is not easy to develop meaningful measures of productivity or to identify the productivity consequences of investments in agricultural R&D. Schultz (1953) argued that the root reason for an interest in the sources of productivity growth is an interest in the sources of output growth. And, expressing an idea he attributed to Zvi Griliches, Schultz (1956, p. 758) wrote.

Keywords

Labor Productivity Productivity Growth Total Factor Productivity Annual Percentage Change Productivity Growth Rate 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian M. Alston
    • 1
  • Jennifer S. James
    • 2
  • Matthew A. Andersen
    • 3
  • Philip G. Pardey
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of AgribusinessCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversityCAUSA
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural and Applied EconomicsUniversity of WyomingWYUSA
  4. 4.Department of Applied EconomicsUniversity of MinnesotaMNUSA

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