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Migration and technical efficiency in cereal production: evidence from Burkina Faso

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This article uses a double bootstrap procedure and survey data from Burkina Faso in a two-stage estimation to explore ways in which continental and intercontinental migration determine efficiency in cereal production of rural households. Findings suggest that continental migration has a positive relation and intercontinental migration no relation with technical efficiency. For continental migrant households, migration has removed surplus male labor, a cause for inefficiency in production. Intercontinental migration leads to a gender imbalance in the household, which cannot be compensated for by investments in farm equipment. The failure of intercontinental migration to transform cereal production from traditional to modern is attributed to an imperfect market environment. Copyright (c) 2010 International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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  • Fleur Wouterse, 2010. "Migration and technical efficiency in cereal production: evidence from Burkina Faso," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 41(5), pages 385-395, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:agecon:v:41:y:2010:i:5:p:385-395
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