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Examining Technical Efficiency in Indian Agricultural Production Using Production Frontier Model

Kailash Pradhan () and Shrabani Mukherjee ()

South Asia Economic Journal, 2018, vol. 19, issue 1, 22-42

Abstract: The study estimates the technical efficiency (TE) of agricultural production in India using production frontier model for both cross-section and panel data for the years 1999 and 2007. Given the persistent low productivity of agriculture in India, there is a serious need to identify the determining factors for technological lock-in for agricultural production in order to accelerate sustainable productivity and technical efficiency. The model claims that farmer’s education, household’s production process, proportion of irrigated area covered by canals, availability of wells, yielding variety of lands, government services, agricultural expenditure by local government and women reservations in local government significantly contribute to efficiency in resource utilization in farm production. Traditional techniques such as ‘learning by doing’ is, generally, preferred than the adoption of new technologies for agricultural production. It makes a constraint of technological lock-in. JEL: C23, C33, D20, O13

Keywords: Production function; agricultural farmers; technical efficiency; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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