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Agricultural Productivity in Space - An econometric assessment on Italian farm-level data

Edoardo Baldoni and Roberto Esposti ()

No 428, Working Papers from Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali

Abstract: This work aims to investigate the spatial dependence of agricultural Total Factor Productivity (TFP) by using farm-level data and aggregating them at a variable geographical scale. At this scale a multilateral TFP index is computed and the spatial and time dependence of this TFP measure is assessed within a spatial dynamic panel specification. Alternative Least Squares (LS), Maximum Likelihood (ML) and Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimation approaches are proposed and respective results compared. The application concerns Italian farm-level data over the period 2008-2015. Results suggests that higher productivity spillovers are found for those NUTS3 regions with similar neighborhoods in terms of production specialization. Higher spill-ins are found in those NUTS3 with a larger number of geographical connections, regardless of their similarity in terms of production specialization.

Keywords: Productivity Spatial Dependence; Technological Spillovers; Multilateral TFP index; Dynamic Panel Models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q12 O47 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-eff and nep-geo
Date: 2018-03
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