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TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY IN ORGANIC AND CONVENTIONAL FARMING: EVIDENCE FROM ITALIAN CEREAL FARMS

Madau, Fabio A. (2007) TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY IN ORGANIC AND CONVENTIONAL FARMING: EVIDENCE FROM ITALIAN CEREAL FARMS. Agricultural Economics Review, 8 (1), pp. 5-21.

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Summary

A stochastic frontier production model was applied to estimate technical efficiency in a
sample of Italian organic and conventional cereal farms. The main purpose was to assess which production technique revealed higher efficiency. Statistical tests on the common production function model suggested that the two cultivation methods might lie on different frontiers. Separate analyses of two sub-samples (93 and 138 observations for organic and conventional farms, respectively) found that conventional farms were significantly more efficient than organic farms, with respect to their specific technology
(0.902 vs. 0.831). Analysis also estimated that efficiency plays a crucial role into the
factors affecting productivity in the organic process. Some policy implications can be
drawn from these findings.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic farming, Comparison analysis, Cereal-growing, Technical efficiency, Stochastic frontier production models, Italy
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: Italy
Italy > INEA National Institute of Agricultural Economy
Deposited By: Madau, Fabio
ID Code:14138
Deposited On:08 Sep 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:37
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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