2016

Competitive Pressure and Technology Adoption: Evidence from a Policy Reform in Western Canada

Reprint No. 2016:19

Author(s): Shon Ferguson and M. Rose OlfertYear: 2016 Title: American Journal of Agricultural Economics Volume (No.): 98 (2) Pages: 422–446
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We estimate the impact that removing a railway transportation subsidy has on the adoption of production technology for Western Canadian farms by using a unique combination of census and freight rate data. We exploit the large regional variation in these one-time freight rate increases to identify causal effects of increased competitive pressure. Using a difference-in-differences methodology, we find that higher freight rates—and hence lower farm gate prices—induced farmers to adopt new, more efficient production technology. We also find that farmers experiencing the greatest transportation cost increases also increased their fertilizer usage and made significant land use changes.


Reference:
Ferguson, Shon and M. Rose Olfert (2016), "Competitive Pressure and Technology Adoption: Evidence from a Policy Reform in Western Canada". American Journal of Agricultural Economics 98(2), 422–446.

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Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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