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Komparatiewe voordeel in die landbou

E. Kleynhans
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 1, No 3 | a2559 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v1i3.2559 | © 2018 E. Kleynhans | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 July 2018 | Published: 30 September 1998

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E. Kleynhans, School of Economics, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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Abstract

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 excercise 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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