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Record number 537568
Title Re-Examining the Reported Rates of Return to Food and Agricultural Research and Development: Reply
Author(s) Hurley, T.M.; Rao, X.; Pardey, P.G.
Source American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99 (2017)3. - ISSN 0002-9092 - p. 827 - 836.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aaw079
Department(s) Business Economics
Publication type Non-refereed article in scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Abstract Hurley, Rao and Pardey (2014) analytically and empirically evaluate the internal rate of return (IRR) vis a vis the modified internal rate of return (MIRR) for investments in agricultural research and development (R&D). They find that estimates of the IRR are 2.5 to 5 times larger than the MIRR for a wide range of assumptions, leading them to question the value of the IRR as a metric to represent the rate of return to agricultural R&D. Oehmke (2016) defends the IRR by arguing that it has important properties that the MIRR does not possess. In this article, we critically examine these properties demonstrating that some are not inherent to the MIRR. For other properties, we simply disagree with Oehmke’s assessment of their desirability. Therefore, we are not compelled to change our original recommendation.
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