Farmer Productivity at Various Ages
Tauer, Loren W.
The productivity of farmers at six different age cohorts was computed by estimating production functions using 1987 census data. The results suggest that farmers of different ages operate with slightly different technologies and use various inputs at different efficiencies. Compared with previous 1978 estimates, the productivity of middleaged farmers appears to be even greater than the productivity of younger and older farmers. The average age of U.S. farmers exceeds the age of highest productivity from these estimates.
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University