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Farm household efficiency in Bangladesh: a comparison of stochastic frontier and DEA methods

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  • Abdul Wadud
  • Ben White

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This study compares estimates of technical efficiency obtained from the stochastic frontier approach and the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) approach using farm-level survey data for rice farmers in Bangladesh. Technical inefficiency effects are modelled as a function of farm-specific socioeconomic factors, environmental factors and irrigation infrastructure. The results from both the approaches indicate that efficiency is significantly influenced by the factors measuring environmental degradation and irrigation infrastructure.

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  • Abdul Wadud & Ben White, 2000. "Farm household efficiency in Bangladesh: a comparison of stochastic frontier and DEA methods," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(13), pages 1665-1673.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:32:y:2000:i:13:p:1665-1673 DOI: 10.1080/000368400421011
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