Investment age and dynamic productivity growth in the Spanish food processing industry

Magda Kapelko*, A.G.J.M. Oude Lansink, S.E. Stefanou

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This article analyzes the relation between investment age, measured as the number of years since investment spike, and dynamic productivity growth and its components, which include dynamic technical change, dynamic inefficiency change, and dynamic scale inefficiency change. The empirical application focuses on firm-level data for the Spanish food processing industry covering
the period from 1996 to 2011. This investigation of the impact of firms’ investment decisions on productivity growth employs a dynamic production framework and analyzes the impact of these decisions on the components of dynamic productivity growth. Our findings show that dynamic productivity growth is negatively affected by investment spikes in both the meat processing and oils and fats industries, and that dynamic inefficiency change initially falls just after the infusion of large investment for oils and fats firms, but then grows as the firms acquire experience with this investment. We further find that investment spikes lead to improvements in dynamic technical change and worsening in dynamic technical inefficiency change in the meat processing industry, while dynamic scale inefficiency change was negatively impacted in both industries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-961
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • dynamic Luenberger productivity growth indicator
  • investment age
  • food industry


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