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A Comparison of Stochastic Frontier Approaches to Estimating Inefficiency and Total Factor Productivity: An Application to Irish Dairy Farming

James Carroll (), Carol Newman and Fiona Thorne ()
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Fiona Thorne: Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc, Dublin, Ireland

Economic Papers from Trinity College Dublin, Economics Department

Abstract: This paper compares standard stochastic frontier models for panel data with a number of recently developed models designed to remove unobserved heterogeneity from the inefficiency component. Results are used to construct a generalised Malmquist total factor productivity (TFP) index. We conclude that the choice of approach makes little difference where the purpose of the study is to analyse aggregate trends in TFP and its components. However, where inefficiency estimates and their dispersion are of interest, attention should be paid to how the analyst's interpretation of inefficiency relates to the underlying assumptions of the model that is used.

Keywords: Efficiency; panel data; total factor productivity; stochastic production frontier; true' effects models; dairy sector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 Q12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2007-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-ecm and nep-eff
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