Damage control productivity : an input damage abatement approach

A.G.J.M. Oude Lansink, A. Carpentier

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    This paper compares the value of the marginal product of three different pesticides from different specifications of the production function. The specifications are the output damage abatement specification proposed by Lichtenberg and Zilberman, a general input damage abatement specification and a traditional production function. These specifications are estimated on panel data of specialised Dutch arable farms over the period 1989-1992, using Generalised Maximum Entropy estimation. Results of the input damage abatement specification show that pesticides have different impacts on individual productive inputs, although statistical evidence is weak. The output damage abatement specification produces statistically more significant relations, but imposes restrictions that are only partly supported by the data. It is also found that estimation of a quadratic traditional production function, that treats damage abatement inputs in the same way as productive inputs, does not lead to overestimation of the value of the marginal product as previous authors have hypothesised.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)11-22
    JournalJournal of Agricultural Economics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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