No Mangoes in the Tundra: Spatial Heterogeneity in Agricultural Productivity Analysis

26 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2013

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Markus Eberhardt

University of Nottingham - Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP)

Francis Teal

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 2013

Abstract

In line with the wider macro productivity literature existing studies of agricultural production largely neglect technology heterogeneity, variable time‐series properties and the potential for heterogeneous but correlated total factor productivity (TFP) across countries. Our empirical approach accommodates these difficulties and seeks to model the nature of the cross‐section dependence in a sample of 128 countries (1961–2002). Our results suggest that agro‐climatic environment drives similarity in TFP evolution across countries with heterogeneous production technology. This provides a possible explanation for the failure of technology transfer from advanced countries of the temperate ‘North’ to arid and/or equatorial developing countries of the ‘South’.

JEL Classification: C23, O13, Q10

Suggested Citation

Eberhardt, Markus and Teal, Francis, No Mangoes in the Tundra: Spatial Heterogeneity in Agricultural Productivity Analysis (December 2013). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 75, Issue 6, pp. 914-939, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2358223 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2012.00720.x

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