Profit efficiency among Bangladeshi rice farmers

Rahman, S. (2003) Profit efficiency among Bangladeshi rice farmers. Food Policy, 28 (5-6). pp. 487-503.

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We provide a direct measure of production efficiency of the Bangladeshi rice farmers using a stochastic profit frontier and inefficiency effects model. The data from surveys of 380 farms during February-April 1997, include 7 conventional inputs and several other background factors affecting production of modern or high yielding varieties of rice spread across 21 villages in three agroecological regions of Bangladesh. The results show that there are high levels of inefficiency in modern rice cultivation. The mean level of profit efficiency is 77% suggesting that an estimated 23% of the profit is lost due to a combination of technical, allocative and scale inefficiency in modern rice production. The efficiency differences are explained largely by infrastructure, soil fertility, experience, extension services, tenancy and share of non-agricultural income

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stochastic profit frontier; Profit efficiency; Bangladesh
Author Affiliation: School of Geography, Faculty of Social Science and Business, The University of Plymouth, Seale-Hayne Campus, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ, UK
Subjects: Plant Production > Production Practices
Social Sciences > Marketing
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2011 08:19
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2011 08:19
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