Agriculture - Ireland Productivity growth Total factor productivity
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Mathews, A. 'Productivity growth in Irish agriculture'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXIX, 1999/2000, pp317-367
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXIX, 1999/2000
Agricultural productivity growth is an important parameter in assessing the likely
competitiveness of Irish agriculture in the more market-oriented environment that the industry
will face in the next decade. Although growth in Irish agricultural output compares well with
the performance of other EU countries, there is evidence that this growth has been unduly
dependent on increased input use rather than increased productivity. Resource-intensive as
opposed to knowledge-intensive growth is more likely to face diminishing returns over time.
To evaluate this issue requires information on the rate and nature of agricultural productivity
growth. This paper discusses the issues in constructing an index of total factor productivity
(TFP) growth in Irish agriculture, presents an updated TFP series and discusses the
implications for future policies dealing with agricultural innovation, structures and
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