Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141566
Authors: 
Rashidghalam, Masoomeh
Heshmati, Almas
Dashti, Ghader
Pishbahar, Esmail
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9807
Abstract: 
The purpose of this paper is two-fold. First, it compares the performance of various panel data models in estimating technical efficiency in production. Second, it applies various stochastic frontier panel data models to estimate the technical efficiency of Iran's cotton production and to provide empirical evidence on the sources of technical inefficiency of cotton producing provinces. The results indicate that labor and seeds are determinants of cotton production and inorganic fertilizers result in reducing technical efficiency. The mean technical efficiency of the models is around 80 percent. Variations in the distribution of estimated efficiency amongst the different models is large.
Subjects: 
technical efficiency
labor use
panel data modeling
time-variant
persistent inefficiency
individual heterogeneity
model comparison
cotton production
Iran
JEL: 
C23
D24
Q12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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