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Managerial form, ownership and efficiency: a case‐study of Argentine agriculture


  • Marcos Gallacher
  • Stephan J. Goetz
  • David L. Debertin


In agriculture, studies dealing with the separation of ownership from control have focused on sharecropping, paying little attention to the impact of management and ownership on efficiency. Using Argentine data, this study tests the hypothesis that efficiency is a function of type of management, concentration of ownership, and mechanisms for monitoring managers. Results show that management, ownership and monitoring have a greater impact on marketing efficiency than either on technical or cost efficiency.

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  • Marcos Gallacher & Stephan J. Goetz & David L. Debertin, 1994. "Managerial form, ownership and efficiency: a case‐study of Argentine agriculture," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 11(2-3), pages 289-299, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:agecon:v:11:y:1994:i:2-3:p:289-299
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.1994.tb00338.x

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    1. Berger, Ariadna M. & Knoblauch, Wayne A. & Pratt, James E., 1999. "Management Strategies, Risk Considerations and Herd Size Analysis for Optimal Resource Allocation in Argentine Dairy Farms," Research Bulletins 122680, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
    2. Gatti, Nicolas & Lema, Daniel & Brescia, Victor, 2015. "A Meta-Frontier Approach to Measuring Technical Efficiency and Technology Gaps in Beef Cattle Production in Argentina," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 211647, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Gallacher, M. & Lema, D., 2018. "Returns to Managerial Ability and Technical Efficiency in Argentina Dairy Farms," 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia 277323, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Marcos Gallacher, 2001. "Education as an Input in Agricultural Production," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 189, Universidad del CEMA.
    5. Karaan, Mohammad, 2003. "An Institutional Economic Appraisal Of Worker Equity Schemes In Agriculture:," 2003 Annual Conference, October 2-3, 2003, Pretoria, South Africa 19094, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA).
    6. Marcos Gallacher, 1999. "Human Capital and Production Efficiency: Argentine Agriculture," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 158, Universidad del CEMA.
    7. Marcos Gallacher, 2011. "Returns to Managerial Ability: Dairy Farms in Argentina," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 478, Universidad del CEMA.

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