Latruffe, Laure and Nauges, Céline (2014) Technical efficiency and conversion to organic farming: the case of France. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 41 (2). pp. 227-253.

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Identification Number : 10.1093/erae/jbt024


Using a panel of French crop farms, we test whether farmers’ technical efficiency (TE) under conventional practices is a significant driver of the conversion to organic farming. We find that the probability of conversion depends on the TE preceding the conversion, but that the direction of the effect depends on the farm size and type of production. This result is found to be robust whichever method of calculation of efficiency scores is used – parametric or non-parametric.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2014
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organic farming, technical efficiency, France
JEL Classification: D24 - Production; Cost; Capital and Total Factor Productivity; Capacity
Q12 - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
Q16 - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Agricultural Extension Services
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 14:54
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:49
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