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Are Organic Farms Less Efficient? The Case of Estonian Dairy Farms – new research article by Fertő, Bakucs, et. al.

 

Are Organic Farms Less Efficient?

The Case of Estonian Dairy Farms

 

 

AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics,

Vol. XVI, No 1/2024, March, pp. 23-34

Abstract

The paper investigates the technical efficiency of conventional and organic dairy farms in Estonia in the period 2006‒2015 using Farm Accountancy Data Network. We analyse self-selection into organic farming using the propensity-score-matching approach and explicitly test the hypothesis that organic and conventional farms apply homogeneous technology. We find that organic farms are less efficient. However, the difference in technical efficiency between organic and conventional farms decreases substantially when the technical efficiency assessment incorporates the use of the appropriate technology. The lack of growth of technical efficiency over time indicates that there might be a lack of knowledge in organic milk production that hinders its development. Since technical efficiency increases with farm size, it is important that organic dairy farms increase their scale.

Keywords: production function, technical efficiency, milk production, propensity score matching.

 

  Full paper (.pdf, 442.3 KB).

 

 

 

 

 

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