Environmentally adjusted agricultural productivity in the Great Plains

Jon P. Rezek, Richard K. Perrin

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This study adjusts 1960-1996 agricultural productivity gains in a panel of Great Plains states to account for the discharge of pesticide and nitrogen effluents into the environment. The agricultural-environmental technology is approximated with translog distance functions that allow us to contrast traditional versus environmentally adjusted productivity gains. Findings indicate technical change has been increasingly biased toward environmentally friendly production. While the environmental adjustment reduced overall productivity gains during the sample period, in recent years adjusted productivity outpaced the traditional measure, reflecting the pro-environment bias in technical change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-369
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2004


  • Agricultural productivity
  • Distance function
  • Environmental externalities
  • Nitrogen
  • Pesticides
  • Technical change bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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