Title: The relationship of total factor productivity, export price and RCA among major dates exporting countries

Authors: Amir H. Chizari

Addresses: Department of Agriculture Economics, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Iran

Abstract: Global dates production has been increased to 7.55 (MMT) and 95% of dates production belong to countries which are the members of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), and value of world dates trade is one billion dollar. Dates production in the world is confined to a small number of countries; most of them are members of OIC. Global export of dates during 1980-2014 years has been vacillating about 0.297 to 0.697 million metric tons, represents an annual expansion of about 2.62%. The goals of this paper is to investigate the trade performance and competitiveness in major producers of dates producers measured by 'revealed comparative advantage', Galtonian regression and causality test between comparative advantage of dates, export prices relative to world price and agricultural total factor productivity growth test (TFP) growth was examined. The result indicates dates export prices relative to world price is a good predictor or motivation for TFP grows in major dates exporting countries. The results also show the increase of Iran's comparative advantage in the period of examination. Also the result indicates higher level of specialisation and stability of dates export market after 2014 among major dates exporting countries.

Keywords: dates fruit; comparative advantage; export price; Galtonian regression; agriculture total factor productivity growth.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIMB.2017.089002

International Journal of Islamic Marketing and Branding, 2017 Vol.2 No.4, pp.304 - 316

Received: 04 Mar 2017
Accepted: 06 Sep 2017

Published online: 03 Jan 2018 *

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