Productivity accounting for separable technologies

Robert Chambers, G.N. Karagiannis, V.M. Tzouvelekas

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    This paper develops a method for decomposing total factor productivity growth in separable production technologies and uses it to examine the role of pest-damage prevention on agricultural productivity. The rate of technical change is decomposed into output-enhancing and damage-preventing components. Growth accounting cannot provide separate estimates of these two components of technical change, and instead a parametric model is developed based on the dual cost function. The proposed model captures both components of technical change, properly accounts for environmental effects, and also accommodates the presence of capacity utilization and scale biases. The empirical application of the model is to a sample of Cretan olive-oil producers, and the results show that output-enhancing technical change is more important than damage-preventing technical change in explaining observed total factor productivity (TFP) changes. The second largest source of TFP growth is due to the scale effect. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-50
    JournalJournal of Productivity Analysis
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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