Labour productivity and rice production in Bangladesh: a stochastic frontier approach

Selim, S. 2012. Labour productivity and rice production in Bangladesh: a stochastic frontier approach. Applied Economics. 44 (5), pp. 641-652.

TitleLabour productivity and rice production in Bangladesh: a stochastic frontier approach
AuthorsSelim, S.
Abstract

In this article, we examine the significance of labour productivity and use of inputs in explaining technical efficiency of rice production in Bangladesh. We find that higher labour productivity can stimulate high efficiency gains, but increased use of inputs (except land) induces negative marginal effect on technical efficiency. While more use of land, improved seeds and fertilizers contributes to the rate of labour productivity induced marginal efficiency gain, any additional labour depresses this rate. Given the agricultural policy reform history in Bangladesh, our findings imply that rather than providing input subsidy or output price support, future reforms should put more emphasis on providing incentives to enhance labour productivity and encourage formalization of the agricultural labour market.

JournalApplied Economics
Journal citation44 (5), pp. 641-652
ISSN0003-6846
Year2012
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/00036846.2010.515203
Publication dates
Published2012

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