Pension Transfers and farm household technical efficiency: Evidence from South Africa
This article analyzes the effect of entitlements from the Old Age Pension Program of South Africa on household technical efficiency using a sample of farm households in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. The analysis is at the household level, and off-farm activities are considered as additional outputs in a nonparametric estimation of technical efficiency. This approach captures the jointness between farm and off-farm activities. The pension's effect is identified by exploiting the age-eligibility criteria in the pension program. Results show a positive effect of the pension and suggest that this large cash transfer can improve households' ability to make use of the best available technologies. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 93 (2011)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
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