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Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 23–33 | Cite as

Multi-directional program efficiency: the case of Lithuanian family farms

  • Mette Asmild
  • Tomas BaležentisEmail author
  • Jens Leth Hougaard
Article

Abstract

The present paper analyses both managerial and program efficiencies of Lithuanian family farms, in the tradition of Charnes et al. (Manag Sci 27(6):668–697, 1981) but with the important difference that multi-directional efficiency analysis rather than the traditional data envelopment analysis approach is used to estimate efficiency. This enables a consideration of input-specific efficiencies. The study shows clear differences between the efficiency scores on the different inputs as well as between the farm types of crop, livestock and mixed farms respectively. We furthermore find that crop farms have the highest program efficiency, but the lowest managerial efficiency and that the mixed farms have the lowest program efficiency (yet not the highest managerial efficiency).

Keywords

Multi-directional efficiency analysis (MEA) Managerial efficiency Program efficiency Data envelopment analysis (DEA) Family farms Lithuania 

JEL Classification

C430 C440 C610 Q100 Q120 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mette Asmild
    • 1
  • Tomas Baležentis
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jens Leth Hougaard
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Food and Resource EconomicsUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark
  2. 2.Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian EconomicsVilniusLithuania

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