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A Comparison of the Efficiency of Proucers Under Collective and Individual Modes of Organization

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  • Martin, Michael J.
  • Taylor, Timothy G.

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This paper compares the technical and allocative efficiencies of collective and individual production systems. The producers under study are members of Honduran agrarian reform cooperatives who engage in collective and/or individual production of maize. Debreu-Farrell technical efficiencies are calculated relative to a stochastic production frontier. Allocative efficiencies are obtained from an analytically derived cost frontier. Results indicate that collective systems are slightly more efficient than individual production systems.

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  • Martin, Michael J. & Taylor, Timothy G., 1997. "A Comparison of the Efficiency of Proucers Under Collective and Individual Modes of Organization," International Working Paper Series 237438, University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics Department.
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    Keywords

    Cooperative; Technical and Allocative Efficiencies; Stochastic Production Frontier; Individual Versus Collective Production; Industrial Organization; Production Economics; P13;

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    • P13 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Cooperative Enterprises

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