Productivity and Technical Change in Brazilian Agriculture

Brazil's agricultural sector underwent major changes in the past two decades. Though Brazil is abundant in labor, land, and animal power, government subsidies encouraged the use of fertilizer and machines. Since productivity growth arises from technical change, Brazil's drive to modernize its agricultural sector should improve agricultural productivity. However, inefficient production practices arising from subsidies can slow multifactor productivity growth. Recent removal of agricultural subsidies in Brazil has coincided with increased productivity, providing evidence that input subsidies made Brazilian agriculture inefficient.


Issue Date:
1992-11
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/157033
Total Pages:
35
Series Statement:
Technical Bulletin
1811




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