Modeling Unobserved Heterogeneity in New York Dairy Farms: One-Stage versus Two-Stage Models

Agricultural production estimates have often differentiated and estimated different technologies within a sample of farms. The common approach is to use observable farm characteristics to split the sample into groups and subsequently estimate different functions for each group. Alternatively, unique technologies can be determined by econometric procedures such as latent class models. This paper compares the results of a latent class model with the use of a priori information to split the sample using dairy farm data. Latent class separation appears to be a superior method of separating heterogeneous technologies and suggests that technology differences are multifaceted.


Issue Date:
2012-12
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/141702
Published in:
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Volume 41, Number 3
Page range:
275-285
Total Pages:
11




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