Productivity publications

​​​​2018​

Productivity in Australia’s broadacre and dairy industries (2018)
Valle H – ABARES Agricultural Commodities
Explore the estimates of productivity trends in Australia’s broadacre and dairy industries up to 2015-16.

Exploring the relationship between farm size and productivity: Evidence from the Australian grains industry
Sheng Y & Chancellor W – Food Policy Journal
Farm size has a positive relationship with productivity (i.e. productivity tends to increase as farms become larger) and capital hire may provide a channel to improve farm productivity.

Evaluating the benefits from transport infrastructure in agriculture: a hedonic analysis of farmland prices
Sheng Y, Jackson T & Lawson K – Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Better transport infrastructure (which reduces transport costs) increases the value of farmland traded. The benefits generated by particular types of infrastructure services vary between industries and with farm size.

What difference does labour choice make to farm productivity and profitability in the Australian horticulture industry?
Zhao S, Binks B, Kruger H, Xia C & Stenekes N – ABARES research report
On average seasonal workers are more productive than backpackers, but non-wage labour costs are higher. The benefits of hiring seasonal workers is likely to at least cover the higher costs and deliver a profitability gain to farmers.

2017

Australian grains: outlook for 2017-18 and industry productivity
Pitts N, Cameron A, Xia C & Hughes N – ABARES research report
A summary ABARES research on the grains outlook and productivity is presented. 

Farm performance and climate: Climate-adjusted productivity for broadacre cropping farms
Hughes N, Lawson K & Valle H – ABARES research report
Declines in winter rainfall, with a deterioration in climate conditions, across many grain-growing regions reduced productivity levels between 2000-01 and 2014-15. Farms have become less sensitive to adverse climate shocks in the decade to 2014-15, suggesting farmers have adopted a variety of management practices in anticipation of reduced winter rainfall. 

Rural Research Development & Extension investment in Australia
Millist N, Chancellor W & Jackson T – ABARES research report
Australian rural research development and extension funding was worth over $3.3 billion in 2014-15. This report explores the Australian rural R&D system.

Labour force survey – horticulture, vegetable and cotton industry 2014-15
Valle H, Millist N & Galeano D – ABARES research report
This paper provides insights into vegetable, horticulture and cotton farmers’ use of labour, recent recruitment experiences and expected future labour requirements.

Productivity in Australia’s broadacre and dairy industries (2017)
Xia C, Zhao S & Valle H – ABARES Agricultural Commodities
Explore the latest estimates of productivity trends in Australia’s beef, sheep, cropping and dairy industries. The effect of climate on cropping productivity is examined in more detail in this issue.

Resource Reallocation and its Contribution to Productivity Growth in Australian Broadacre
Sheng Y, Jackson T & Gooday P  – Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
This article uses farm survey data to measure the contribution of cross-farm resource reallocation to industry-level productivity growth in Australian broadacre agriculture. 

2016

Has Growth in Productivity in Australian Broadacre Agriculture Slowed? A Historical View
Sheng Y, Mullen JD, Zhao S – Annals of Agricultural Crop Sciences
Agricultural productivity growth has slowed since the mid-1990s; likely due to long-term decline in public R&D investment and climate variability.

​​​​Measuring Output, Input and Total Factor Productivity in Australian Agriculture: An Industry-Level Analysis 
Sheng Y, Jackson T, Zhao S & Zhang D – The Review of Income and Wealth
This technical paper uses the growth accounting approach to estimate total factor productivity in the Australian agriculture industry between 1949 & 2012.

Productivity in Australian broadacre and dairy industries (2016)
Valle H – ABARES Agricultural Commodities
Examine the 2016 estimates of productivity trends in Australia’s beef, sheep, cropping and dairy industries. Some of ABARES findings on the drivers of productivity are also summarised.

Input Substitution, Productivity Performance and Farm Size 
Sheng Y, Davidson A, Fuglie K, Zhang D  –  Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
This paper explores the relationship between the input substitution, farm productivity and size. A theoretical model is developed and tested using farm survey data from Australian broadacre agriculture.

Disaggregating farm performance statistics by size
Jackson T & Shafron W – ABARES Agricultural Commodities

Resource reallocation and its contribution to productivity growth in Australian dairy industry: Implications of Deregulation
Sheng Y & Jackson T – ABARES Technical Research Report
This paper uses farm-level data to examine resource reallocation in the Australian dairy industry between 1979 and 2013, and assesses the contribution of this process to industry-level productivity growth before and after deregulation reforms were introduced in 2000.

Farm-to-retail price spread and farm share in food supply chains: Background paper - 20 Dec 2016
Nguyen N, Mobsby D & Goesch – ABARES research report
This report examines Australian and international experience in monitoring farmgate and retail prices for food products. It also outlines a simple methodology to monitor farm shares and farm-to-retail price spreads for food products, and investigates the potential to apply the methodology to Australian data.

Resource Reallocation and its Contribution to Productivity Growth in Australian Broadacre Agriculture
Sheng Y, Jackson T & Gooday P - ABARES Technical Research Report
Resource reallocation between farms accounted for around half the industry-level productivity growth between 1978 and 2010, and its contribution increased over time. This effect is mainly caused by the asymmetric impact of technological progress on incumbent farms.

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Last reviewed:
30 Aug 2018