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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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Title: How inefficient are small-scale rice farmers in Eastern India really? : examining the effects of microtopography on technical efficiency estimates
Authors: Fuwa, Nobuhiko
Edmonds, Christopher M.
Banik, Pabitra
LC Subject Headings: Farms, Size of - India
Rice farmers - India
Production (Economic theory)
Stochastic analysis
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Series/Report no.: East-West Center working papers. Economics series ; no. 79
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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Pages/Duration: 29 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3666
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