oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Komparatiewe voordeel in die landbou
|Article Title||Komparatiewe voordeel in die landbou|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Affiliations||1 Skool vir Ekonomie, Geld- en Bankwese. Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO|
|Publication Date||Sep 1998|
|Pages||498 - 512|
|Keyword(s)||Agricultural sector, Bela Balassa's method, Economics, International competitiveness, JEL, Productivity and Q 170|
ISI Social Science
The object of this paper is to demonstrate the use of an alternative method to measure and quantify international competitiveness. The South African agricultural sector is taken as a case study. The paper builds on Bela Balassa's method (1989) of measuring comparative advantage by means of historically revealed advantage. In practice this method is easy to use, readily applicable and the necessary data are usually available. The results of this measuring exercise are interesting and support the hypotheses that a low level of labour productivity contributes significantly to the low international competitiveness of South African agriculture.
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