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Productivity change in Polish agriculture: an application of a bootstrap procedure to Malmquist indices


  • Laure Latruffe

    () (Économie et Sociologie Rurales - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

  • Sophia Davidova

    (Kent Business School - University of Kent [Canterbury])

  • Kelvin Balcombe

    (Department of Agricultural and Food Economics - QUB - Queen's University [Belfast])


This paper employs bootstrapping to correct for bias and to construct confidence intervals for Malmquist TFP indices derived with DEA. It uses these results to investigate the productivity change in Polish agriculture during a crucial period of the country's transition to a market economy, 1996-2000, when Poland was preparing for accession to the European Union. The bias corrected estimates show regress in productivity at an annual rate of 4 percent. The confidence intervals suggest that between two-thirds and four-fifths of the sample farms (250) in different years might have experienced no change in productivity. The cluster analysis based on confidence bounds reveals three paths of productivity change. Farms which recorded an increase in productivity at least in the last year of the analysed period, are larger, more capital intensive, run by younger farmers, and more integrated in factor and product markets. However, they account for only 19 percent of the sample farms. The most important for Poland now is to unlock the forces that can drive ahead structural reform and thus productivity growth.

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  • Laure Latruffe & Sophia Davidova & Kelvin Balcombe, 2007. "Productivity change in Polish agriculture: an application of a bootstrap procedure to Malmquist indices," Post-Print hal-02285595, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-02285595
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    1. Fekete-Farkas, Maria & Szucs, Istvan & Varga, Tibor, 2012. "Technological progress and efficiency change In Hungarian Agriculture," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126120, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Fogarasi, Jozsef & Latruffe, Laure, 2009. "Farm performance and support in Central and Western Europe: a comparison of Hungary and France," 83rd Annual Conference, March 30 - April 1, 2009, Dublin, Ireland 51053, Agricultural Economics Society.
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