Efficiency, Productivity and Technology Comparison for Farms in Central and Western Europe: The Case of Field Crop and Dairy Farming in Hungary and France

Posted: 6 Jul 2012

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Laure Latruffe

French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

József Fogarasi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Yann Desjeux

INRA - UMR SMART

Date Written: July 6, 2012

Abstract

This paper investigates the differences in technical efficiency and productivity change, and the technology gaps, between French and Hungarian farms in the dairy and cereal, oilseed and protein crops (COP) sectors during the period 2001-2007. The analyses were performed with national Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) data and the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) approach under each country’s respective frontier and under a metafrontier.

Results reveal that French COP farms were on average more efficient under their own technology than Hungarian farms under theirs, but there was no difference between the two countries for dairy farms. However, metatechnology ratios calculated with the construction of the metafrontier indicate that Hungarian technology was the more productive in both the dairy and the COP sectors, but more noticeably in COP production.

Keywords: Technical efficiency, Malmquist indices, Metafrontier, Technology gap, Farms, Europe

JEL Classification: Q12, D24

Suggested Citation

Latruffe, Laure and Fogarasi, József and Desjeux, Yann, Efficiency, Productivity and Technology Comparison for Farms in Central and Western Europe: The Case of Field Crop and Dairy Farming in Hungary and France (July 6, 2012). Economic Systems, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101095

Laure Latruffe (Contact Author)

French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) ( email )

INRA, UMR Economie Publique INRA-AgroParisTech
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France

József Fogarasi

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Yann Desjeux

INRA - UMR SMART

4, allée A. Bobierre
Rennes, 35011
France

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