Productivity, technical efficiency and technological change in French agriculture during 2002-2014: A Färe-Primont index decomposition

The objective of the article is to assess productivity change in French agriculture during 2002-2014, namely total factor productivity (TFP) change and its components technological change and technical efficiency change. For this, we use the economically-ideal Färe-Primont index which verifies the multiplicatively completeness property and is also transitive, allowing for multi-temporal/lateral comparisons. To compare the technology gap change between the six types of farming considered, we extend the Färe-Primont to the meta-frontier framework. Results indicate that during 2002-2014, all farms experienced a TFP progress. Pig and/or poultry farms had the lowest TFP increase, while beef farms had the highest (19.1%). The latter farms had the strongest increase in technical efficiency, while technological progress was the highest for mixed farms. The meta-frontier analysis shows that field crop farms’ technology is the most productive of all types of farming.


Issue Date:
2017-2017-2017
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
Language:
English
Total Pages:
36
JEL Codes:
D24; O47; Q10
Series Statement:
wp17-07




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