Examining the technical efficiency of rice producers in Bangladesh

Balcombe, Kelvin and Fraser, Iain M and Rahman, Mizanur and Smith, Laurence (2007) Examining the technical efficiency of rice producers in Bangladesh. Journal of International Development, 19 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 0954-1748. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Despite record national output in the early years of this decade there is widespread concern that rice yields in Bangladesh are below those attainable, and that given future population growth this may constrain achievement of food security and poverty reduction objectives. A frequent response to this problem is that farmers could close the gap between actual farm yields and potential yields identified in field trials if farmers who are technically inefficient could improve their current farming practices. This paper estimates and explains technical efficiency for a sample of rice farmers in Bangladesh employing Bayesian methods. The results provide insights into the distribution of technical efficiency and identify important influences on rice growing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: technical efficiency; Bayesian methods; stochastic frontiers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Agri-Environment Economics
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 14 May 2008 07:00
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 11:04
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3101 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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