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Dairy Farm Efficiency Measurement Using Stochastic Frontiers and Neoclassical Duality


  • Boris E. Bravo-Ureta
  • Laszlo Rieger


This paper presents a stochastic efficiency decomposition model based on Kopp and Diewert's deterministic methodology. The stochastic model is used to analyze technical, economic, and allocative efficiency for a sample of New England dairy farms. The results suggest that mean economic efficiency for the farmers in the sample is about 70% and that, on average, there is little difference between technical (83.0%) and allocative (84.6%) efficiency. Analyses of the relationship between efficiency and four socioeconomic variables—farm size, education, extension, and experience—reveal that, despite some statistically significant associations, efficiency levels are not markedly affected by these variables.

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  • Boris E. Bravo-Ureta & Laszlo Rieger, 1991. "Dairy Farm Efficiency Measurement Using Stochastic Frontiers and Neoclassical Duality," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 73(2), pages 421-428.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:73:y:1991:i:2:p:421-428.

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