Agricultural systems : economics, technology and diversity by Oliver W Castalonge

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Allocative output efficiency, AOi , is calculated residually as in the input-oriented cases: Drivers and Restraints for Economic and Technical Efficiency in Dairy Farms AOi  EOi 1 17 (12) i If input and output prices are assumed to be given, the calculations of economic efficiency can be facilitated by reducing equations 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 9 and 10 to the same principal form as the equations for the technical efficiency scores. 2. , Coelli et al. 2005 for a review). The method chosen in this step depends to a large extent on the method chosen to assess the farm level efficiency scores.

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In the strategy study, all nine efficiency scores (see Table 2) were calculated and the effects of factors that determine the above-mentioned environments, and therefore also determine farm strategy, were analyzed. The results showed that several strategy factors were important for farm performance. For example, several geographic locations (determinants of the external-internal environment) were driving forces for economic and technical efficiency. Therefore, the results suggest that some parts of Sweden (especially the southern ones) are better equipped for dairy production than the north parts.

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