Publishing Details

Publication Type: 
Book Chapter
Authored by:
Pardey, Philip G.; Alston, Julian M.; Ruttan, Vernon W
Edited by: 
Hall, Bronwyn H.; Rosenberg, Nathan
Publisher: 
Elsevier
Publication Year: 
2010
Book Title: 
Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, Volume 2
Page Range: 
939- 984
ISBN: 
0444536094
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Abstract

Innovation in agriculture differs from innovation elsewhere in the economy in several important ways. In this chapter we highlight differences arising from (a) the atomistic nature of agricultural production, (b) the spatial specificity of agricultural technologies and the implications for spatial spillovers and the demand for adaptive research, and (c) the role of coevolving pests and diseases and changing weather and climate giving rise to demands for maintenance research, and other innovations that reduce the susceptibility of agricultural production to these uncontrolled factors.

Citation

Pardey, Philip G.; Alston, Julian M.; Ruttan, Vernon W (2010) "The Economics of Innovation and Technical Change in Agriculture," Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, Volume 2, Elsevier.

Additional Attributes

Primary Contact: Philip Pardey
Keywords: Agricultural Productivity, Agricultural Research, Factor Bias, Intellectual Property Rights, Market Failures, Markets, Productivity, Research, Research Lags, Spillovers, Technological Change, Technological Innovation, Technology