Technical, allocative, cost and scale efficiencies in Bangladesh rice cultivation: A non-parametric approach

Coelli, T, Rahman, S and Thirtle, C (2002) Technical, allocative, cost and scale efficiencies in Bangladesh rice cultivation: A non-parametric approach. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 53 3: 607-626. doi:10.1111/j.1477-9552.2002.tb00040.x


Author Coelli, T
Rahman, S
Thirtle, C
Title Technical, allocative, cost and scale efficiencies in Bangladesh rice cultivation: A non-parametric approach
Journal name Journal of Agricultural Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-857X
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2002.tb00040.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Issue 3
Start page 607
End page 626
Total pages 20
Editor Buteman
D.I.
Place of publication UK
Publisher University of London
Language eng
Subject C1
340402 Econometric and Statistical Methods
720205 Industry costs and structure
720404 Productivity
Abstract Applying programming techniques to detailed data for 406 rice farms in 21 villages, for 1997, produces inefficiency measures, which differ substantially from the results of simple yield and unit cost measures. For the Boro (dry) season, mean technical efficiency was efficiency was 56.2 per cent and 69.4 per cent, allocative efficiency was 81.3 per cent, cost efficiency was 56.2 per cent and scale efficiency 94.9 per cent. The Aman (wet) season results are similar, but a few points lower. Allocative inefficiency is due to overuse of labour, suggesting population pressure, and of fertiliser, where recommended rates may warrant revision. Second-stage regressions show that large families are more inefficient, whereas farmers with better access to input markets, and those who do less off-farm work, tend to be more efficient. The information on the sources of inter-farm performance differentials could be used by the extension agents to help inefficient farmers. There is little excuse for such sub-optimal use of survey data, which are often collected at substantial costs.
Keyword Agricultural Economics & Policy
Economics
Frontier
Q-Index Code C1

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