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Conditional Efficiency Estimation With Environmental Variables: Evidence From Greek Cereal Farms

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  • Sofia KOURTESI

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece)

  • Panos FOUSEKIS

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece)

  • Apostolos POLYMEROS

    ()
    (Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Athens, Greece)

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to assess technical efficiency of cereal production in Greece in a nonparametric framework while accounting for a set of exogenous variables. To this end, we implement robust partial frontier techniques on a sample of cereal-producing farms included in the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). Moreover, we assess the partial impacts of the environmental variables using non parametric regression tools.

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Article provided by University of Pitesti in its journal Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences.

Volume (Year): 11 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 43-52

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Handle: RePEc:pts:journl:y:2012:i:1:p:43-52

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Keywords: Nonparametric estimation; conditional efficiency; cereal farms;

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