Is there a slowdown in agricultural productivity growth in South America?

Federico José Trindade, Lilyan Estela Fulginiti

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This article estimates agricultural productivity growth in 10 South American countries in 1969-2009 with the objective of investigating if the slowdown being measured in other countries is present in the region. Results show that productivity growth accounts for half of the three-fold increase in agricultural output during this period and that performance is sensitive to R&D investments in the sector. The slowdown found for the 1990s to 2000s in the U.S. and some European economies does not seem to be present yet in South America. The region's total factor productivity (TFP) growth rate increased steadily from 1.07% during the 1970s to 2.29% during the 2000s. Given lags in adoption and the adaptive nature of innovations in these economies, we have yet to see the potential effects in South American agriculture of decreases in R&D in advanced economies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
JournalAgricultural Economics (United Kingdom)
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Agricultural productivity
  • Slowdown
  • South America
  • Stochastic frontier

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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