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The Agricultural Productivity Gap in Developing Countries

Michael Waugh, David Lagakos and Douglas Gollin ()

No 1397, 2011 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: According to national accounts data for developing countries, value added per worker is on average four times higher in the non-agriculture sector than in agriculture. Taken at face value this ``agricultural productivity gap'' suggests that labor is greatly misallocated across sectors in the developing world. In this paper we draw on new micro evidence to ask to what extent the gap is still present when better measures of inputs and outputs are taken into consideration. We find that even after considering sector differences in hours worked and human capital per worker, urban-rural cost-of-living differences, and alternative measures of sector income from household survey data, a puzzlingly large agricultural productivity gap remains.

Date: 2011
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