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Title: Measuring Regional Productivity Differences in the Australian Wool Industry: A Metafrontier Approach
Contributor(s): Villano, Renato  (author)orcid ; Fleming, Pauline A (author); Fleming, Euan  (author)
Publication Date: 2008
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9120
Abstract: Using panel data, we estimate technology gaps for four distinct sheep-producing regions in Eastern Australia (Northern New South Wales, Central and South-Eastern New South Wales, South-Western New South Wales and South-West Victoria) that reflect spatial environmental and technological differences in wool production. A deterministic stochastic metafrontier production function model is estimated that envelops the stochastic frontiers of the four regions. This metafrontier approach enables us to estimate the environment-technology gap ratio that reflects these spatial differences in the environment and variations in production technologies in the wool enterprise for benchmarked farmers in each region. As a result, a more accurate estimation is possible of changes in total factor productivity on farms in the different regions. The major findings are that environment-technology gaps do exist between regions but they are relatively small. Greater variation is apparent within regions. Variation in technical efficiency seems to depend on the harshness of the production environment and whether consultancy advice is regularly received by the benchmarking group.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: AARES 2008: 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Canberra, Australia, 5th - 8th February, 2008
Conference Details: AARES 2008: 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Canberra, Australia, 5th - 8th February, 2008
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
Publisher: AARES: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
Place of Publication: Online
Field of Research (FOR): 140304 Panel Data Analysis
140201 Agricultural Economics
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/6036/2/cp08vi01.pdf
http://purl.umn.edu/6036
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