An Analysis of the Source and Nature of Technical Change: The Case of U.S. Agriculture

Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 79, No. 3, August 1997

Posted: 17 Mar 1998

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Jean-Paul Chavas

University of Wisconsin

Michael Alexander Aliber

Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC)

Thomas L. Cox

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics

Abstract

This paper proposes a methodology to investigate the process of technical change with a focus on the dynamic effects of R&D investments on productivity and on the induced innovation hypothesis for both inputs and outputs. The approach builds on a non-parametric representation of the underlying technology. An application to U.S. agriculture is presented. By distinguishing between private and public R&D investments, the analysis provides useful insights into the source and the dynamic nature of technical progress.

JEL Classification: O47, Q16

Suggested Citation

Chavas, Jean-Paul and Aliber, Michael Alexander and Cox, Thomas L., An Analysis of the Source and Nature of Technical Change: The Case of U.S. Agriculture. Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 79, No. 3, August 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=65111

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