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Efficiency Effects of Institutional Factors: Limited-Resource Farms in Northeast Argentina


  • Gallagher, Marcos
  • Goetz, Stephan J.
  • Debertin, David L.


This paper analyzes technical efficiency of limited-resource farms operating in a sub-tropical environment (Province of Misiones, Argentina). Property rights over land, the degree of market exposure and food support programmes are three institutional variables that are hypothesized to lead to departures from the production frontier. Econometric analysis indicates that market exposure and receipt of food transfers increase efficiency. No effect of land ownership is detected. We argue that slash-and-bum agricultural systems allow non-owners of land to operate as or more efficiently than landowners.

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  • Gallagher, Marcos & Goetz, Stephan J. & Debertin, David L., 1997. "Efficiency Effects of Institutional Factors: Limited-Resource Farms in Northeast Argentina," 1997 Occasional Paper Series No. 7 198047, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaaeo7:198047
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.198047

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    1. Daniela BORODAK & Jean-Louis ARCAND, 2006. "Explaining Productivity Differentials in Eastern European Agriculture: Efficiency or Class Structure ?," Working Papers 200612, CERDI.


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