La eficiencia técnica como medida de rendimiento de las cooperativas agrarias
The intention of rural development is to guarantee the population of an agricultural environment a set of living conditions that are comparable to those of urban areas. This is why it is so important that there are agents capable of creating initiatives that contribute to the development of rural communities. These agents include agricultural cooperatives, due to their special links with the rural population and the rural areas in which they are based. It is becoming increasingly important to study the performance of these organisations, particularly when we consider the problems involved in measuring this as result of their peculiarities. In fact, the degree to which agricultural cooperatives can contribute to the well-being of the rural community depends on their efficiency. In view of this situation, the aim of this paper is to explore the advantages of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) as a technique for measuring the performance of agricultural cooperatives. The results of the empirical study carried out using data from 108 agricultural cooperatives show that calculating performance by means of this technique proves to be a satisfactory complement to traditional methods of economic analysis of agricultural cooperatives.
Volume (Year): (2006)
Issue (Month): 55 (August)
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