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Efficiency Measures in the Agricultural Sector

With Applications

Mendes, Armando, L. D. G. Soares da Silva, Emiliana, Azevedo Santos, Jorge M (Eds.)

2013, XVI, 200 p.

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  • Offers a thorough introduction to efficiency modeling in agriculture
  • Incorporates both Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA)
  • Provides a lucid, non-specialist’s approach to sophisticated modeling for agricultural efficiency

Efficiency Measures in the Agricultural Sector opens with detailed descriptions of measurement techniques such as Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA), which are often used to support models in analysis of agricultural productivity, based on mathematical programming (non-parametric, non-stochastic) models or econometric (stochastic, parametric) models.

Among the factors studied using these techniques are the abundance of subsidies, strong competition between regions worldwide and the need for efficient production systems. In some countries like Portugal, this sector is being revitalized in face of the need for reducing imports.

The editors draw on a 3-year project that analyzed a Portuguese area in detail, comparing this study with papers from other regions. Applications include the estimation of technical efficiency in agricultural grazing systems (dairy, beef and mixed) and specifically for dairy farms. The conclusions indicate that it is now necessary to help small dairy farms in order to make them more efficient. These results can be compared with the technical efficiency of a sample of Spanish dairy processing firms presented by Magdalena Kapelko and co-authors. 

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Agricultural Sector - Data Envelopment Analysis - Decision Support - Farm efficiency - Stochastic Frontier Analysis

Related subjects » Agricultural Economics - Business, Economics & Finance - Mathematics

Table of contents 

Part I Efficiency Measures and Methods 

 1 Efficiency Measures in the Agricultural Sector: The Beginning

Emiliana Silva, Armando Mendes and Jorge Santos 

 2 Review of Frontier Models and Efficiency Analysis: A Parametric Approach 

Ana Sampaio 

3 Introduction to Data Envelopment Analysis

 Jorge Santos, Elsa Rosário Negas and Luís Cavique Santos

 4 Superefficiency and Multiplier Adjustment in Data Envelopment Analysis 

 Jorge Santos, Luís Cavique Santos, Armando Mendes 

 Part II Farm Efficiency Applications

5 An Application of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) in Azores Dairy Farms

Emiliana Silva, Amílcar Arzubi and Julio Berbel 

 6 Animal Grazing System Efficiency 

Emiliana Silva, Carlos Santos and Armando Mendes 

 7 Technical Efficiency of the Spanish Dairy Processing Industry: Do Size and Exporting Matter? 

 Magdalena Kapelko and Alfons Oude Lansink 

 8 Inefficiency in Animal Production – A Parametric Approach

Emiliana Silva and Fátima Venâncio 

9 Azorean Agriculture Efficiency by PAR

 Armando B Mendes, Veska Noncheva and Emiliana Silva

10 Sustainable Tourism and Agriculture Multifunctionality by PAR: A Variable Selection Approach

Armando Mendes, Veska Noncheva and Emiliana Silva 

 11 The Importance of Subsidies in Azorean Dairy Farms Efficiency 

Emiliana Silva and Eusébio Marote

12 Multi-Ouput Technical Efficiency in the Olive Oil Industry and its Relation to the Form of Business Organisation

Rafaela Dios-Palomares, José M. Martínez-Paz and Angel Prieto

13 Efficiency Assessment: Final Remarks

Jorge Santos, Emiliana Silva and Armando Mendes

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