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Brent Hueth

University of Wisconsin-Madison
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2019Quantifying Heterogeneous Returns to Genetic Selection: Evidence from Wisconsin Dairies
with Jared P. Hutchins, Guilherme Rosa: w26417
Estimates of productivity growth in the dairy sector attribute as much as half of observed growth to genetic improvement. Unobserved match quality is an important determinate of genetic selection by dairy farmers that confounds attribution to genetic improvement alone. Using data from a large sample of Wisconsin dairy farms, and national-level data on sire rankings, we develop and estimate a model that accounts for selection behavior, and decompose total productivity change into separate effects for genetic improvement and endogenous selection. We find that selection accounts for as much as 75 percent of the total productivity improvement in our sample. Our results provide evidence for positive assortative matching, whereby farmers who adopt above-average yield genetics also perform better...
May 2019Quantifying Heterogeneous Returns to Adoption of Genetic Technology: The Case of the Dairy Industry
with Jared Hutchins, Guilherme Rosa
in Economics of Research and Innovation in Agriculture, Petra Moser, editor
Estimates of productivity growth in the dairy sector attribute as much as half of observed growth to genetic improvement. Unobserved match quality is an important determinate of genetic selection by dairy farmers that confounds attribution to genetic improvement alone. Using data from a large sample of Wisconsin dairy farms, and national-level data on sire rankings, we develop and estimate a model that accounts for selection behavior, and decompose total productivity change into separate effects for genetic improvement and endogenous selection. We find that selection accounts for as much as 75 percent of the total productivity improvement in our sample. Our results provide evidence for positive assortative matching, whereby farmers who adopt above-average yield genetics also perform better...
 
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