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How inefficient are small-scale rice farmers in eastern India really?: Examining the effects of microtopography on technical efficiency estimates

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  • Nobuhiko Fuwa

    () (Agricultural Economics, Chiba University)

  • Christopher Edmonds

    () (Economics Study Area, East-West Center)

  • Pabitra Banik

    (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India)

Abstract

We focus on the impact of failing to control for differences in land types defined along toposequence on estimates of farm technical efficiency for small-scale rice farms in eastern India. In contrast with the existing literature, we find that those farms may be considerably more technically efficient than they appear from more aggregated analysis without such control. Farms planted with modern rice varieties are technically efficient. Furthermore, farms planted with traditional rice varieties operate close to the production frontier on less productive lands (upland and mid-upland), but significant technical inefficiency exists on more productive lands (medium land and lowland).

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  • Nobuhiko Fuwa & Christopher Edmonds & Pabitra Banik, 2005. "How inefficient are small-scale rice farmers in eastern India really?: Examining the effects of microtopography on technical efficiency estimates," Economics Study Area Working Papers 79, East-West Center, Economics Study Area.
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    1. Gaurav Datt & Martin Ravallion, 2002. "Is India's Economic Growth Leaving the Poor Behind?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 16(3), pages 89-108, Summer.
    2. Banik, Pabitra & Edmonds, Christopher & Fuwa, Nobuhiko & Kam, Suan Pheng & Villano, Lorena & Bagchi, D.K., 2004. "Natural Resource Endowments, Subsistence Agriculture, and Poverty in the Chhotanagpur Plateau," MPRA Paper 23692, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

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