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The Agricultural Productivity Gap

Douglas Gollin, David Lagakos, Michael E. Waugh

NBER Working Paper No. 19628
Issued in November 2013
NBER Program(s):   EFG

According to national accounts data, value added per worker is much higher in the non-agricultural sector than in agriculture in the typical country, and particularly so in developing countries. Taken at face value, this “agricultural productivity gap” suggests that labor is greatly misallocated across sectors. In this paper, we draw on new micro evidence to ask to what extent the gap is still present when better measures of sector labor inputs and value added are taken into consideration. We find that even after considering sector differences in hours worked and human capital per worker, as well as alternative measures of sector output constructed from household survey data, a puzzlingly large gap remains.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w19628

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