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Agricultural Productivity and Structural Transformation: Evidence from Brazil


Paula Bustos


CREI; Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Barcelona GSE

Bruno Caprettini


Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Jacopo Ponticelli


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

August 2013


Abstract:     
We study the effects of the adoption of new agricultural technologies on structural transformation. To guide empirical work, we present a simple model where the effect of agricultural productivity on industrial development depends on the factor bias of technical change. We test the predictions of the model by studying the introduction of genetically engineered soybean seeds in Brazil, which had heterogeneous effects on agricultural productivity across areas with different soil and weather characteristics. We find that technical change in soy production was strongly labor saving and lead to industrial growth, as predicted by the model.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: agricultural productivity, structural transformation, industrial development, labor saving technical change, genetically engineered soy

JEL Classification: F16, F43, 014, Q16

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Date posted: August 14, 2013  

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Bustos, Paula and Caprettini, Bruno and Ponticelli, Jacopo, Agricultural Productivity and Structural Transformation: Evidence from Brazil (August 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2309594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2309594

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Paula Bustos
CREI; Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )
Barcelona GSE ( email )
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, Barcelona 08005
Spain
Bruno Caprettini
Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain
Jacopo Ponticelli (Contact Author)
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )
5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
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