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Comparisons of Capital Input in OECD Agriculture, 1973-2011

V. Eldon Ball (), Sean Cahill, Carlos San Juan Mesonada (), Richard Nehring and Yu Sheng
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V. Eldon Ball: Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S.A.; and Instituto de Economia, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, SPAIN
Sean Cahill: Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, CANADA
Richard Nehring: Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S.A.
Yu Sheng: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, AUSTRALIA; and School of Advanced Agriculture, the Peking University, CHINA

Review of Economics & Finance, 2016, vol. 6, 25-48

Abstract: This paper provides a farm sector comparison of relative levels of capital input for 17 OECD countries for the period 1973-2011, with an explicit distinction between land and depreciable assets. Methodologically, we adopt the constant efficiency model to derive capital services from capital stocks and construct the purchasing power parity between countries for crosscountry comparison. Our estimates show that, after accounting for cyclical fluctuation in the relative price of capital inputs, fifteen of the sixteen countries in the comparison had higher levels of capital input relative to the United States in 2011 than at the beginning of the sample period in 1973. Moreover, our analysis shows that increases in relative capital use on farms in OECD countries were accompanied by change in the structure of the capital input, away from land and towards depreciable capital items.

Keywords: Real capital input; Purchasing power parity; Perpetual inventory method; OECD agriculture (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 N50 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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