Technical and scale efficiency of crop and livestock farms in Poland: Does specialisation matter?

Latruffe, Laure and Balcombe, Kelvin and Davidova, Sophia M. and Zawalinska, Katarzyna (2005) Technical and scale efficiency of crop and livestock farms in Poland: Does specialisation matter? Agricultural Economics, 32 (3). pp. 281-296. ISSN 0169-5150. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

The technical and scale efficiency of Polish farms is analysed using Data Envelopment Analysis. Efficiency differences are measured according to farm specialisation, in crop or livestock, at two points in time during transition, 1996 and 2000. The efficiency results are reviewed in the light of confidence intervals provided by bootstrapping. Livestock farms are found to be, on average, more technically and scale efficient than crop farms. Scale efficiency is high for both specialisations. Technical inefficiency appears mostly to be due to ‘pure technical’ rather than ‘scale’ inefficiency, thus attributable to inefficient management practices. The evidence suggests that the low educational attainment of people engaged in agriculture is one important reason for these inefficient practices. In 2000, 64 percent of livestock farms and 86 percent of crop farms were operating under increasing returns to scale. Improvements in the land lease legislation and changes to the policy support to farmers’ pensions could stimulate the land market and remove the incentives to keep a fragmented operational structure.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Agri-Environment Economics
Depositing User: Sophia Davidova
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008 21:38
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 11:11
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/8727 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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