Zur Effizienz landwirtschaftlicher Unternehmen in Brandenburg – Eine Data Envelopment Analysis

The transition of East German agriculture led to major structural adjustments that showed some very particular phenomena. For instance, most of the successors of the former agricultural production cooperatives (LPGs) make slight losses and they operate at a higher employment level than new and re-established farms. In this paper we try to explain these phenomena with the farms' history prior to the transition period. Particular attention is given to sunk costs, the identity of members and employees, and old debts. A Data Envelopment Analysis of 210 financial statements distributed over the financial years 1992/93 to 1995/96 gives evidence that these historical arguments had a decisive impact on the farms' behaviour. However, this impact decreases over time, particularly because of a gradual replacement of assets.


Variant title:
On the efficiency of farms in Brandenburg – A data envelopment analysis
Issue Date:
2001
Publication Type:
Journal Article
DOI and Other Identifiers:
ISSN 0002-1121 (Other)
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/98876
Published in:
German Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 50, Number 3
Page range:
198-203
Total Pages:
6




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