Technical inefficiency of commercial maize producers in South Africa: A stochastic frontier production function approach

A stochastic frontier production function is defined for panel data on maize producing regions of South Africa. Technical inefficiency effects are assumed to be a function of climatic conditions, time and the terms of trade facing maize producers. The model is derived using nine years of data for the six major maize production regions of South Africa. The results demonstrate how maize farmers have increased their efficiency in the face of a cost-squeeze. The increased efficiency seems to be driven by lower levels of intermediate input use when facing higher costs and uncertain weather conditions.


Issue Date:
1998-06
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/54787
Published in:
Agrekon, Volume 37, Issue 2
Page range:
162-170
Total Pages:
9




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