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Technical Change and Productive Efficiency: Irrigated Rice in the Philippines

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Panel data are used to study the technical efficiency of rice producers in the Philippines. Production efficiency over time is measured using a stochastic frontier regression with error decomposition. Sources of inefficiency are identified and the link between irrigation and productive efficiency is measured. Results suggest that irrigation was associated with higher levels of technical efficiency in the sample.
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Keywords: D21; O13; O3; Philippines; Q12; agricultural development; efficiency; irrigation; rice; technical change

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics, Waikato School of Management, The University of Waikato, Hamilton City, 3216, New Zealand 2: Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 403 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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