Assessing the Technical and Allocative Efficiency of U.S. Organic Producers

We develop measures of technical and allocative efficiency of producers in marketing certified organic products. A stochastic output distance frontier and the associated revenue share equations are estimated using comprehensive U.S. data on certified organic producers. Farm-level measures of technical efficiency are calculated and factors that enhance performance are identified. Factors that systematically influence allocative efficiency are assessed. The revenue mix of organic producers is systematically inefficient as both male and female producers rely too heavily on revenue from organic markets relative to conventional outlets.


Issue Date:
May 01 2010
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/90678
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 42, Number 02
Page range:
247-259
JEL Codes:
D21; C31; Q01




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