Technical efficiency measures for olive-growing farms in Crete, Greece

  • Vangelis M. Tzouvelekas
  • Konstantinos Giannakas
  • Peter Midmore
  • Konstantinos Mattas


This study attempts to contribute to the productivity literature of the agriculture of developing countries by exploring the distribution of technical efficiency over time among olive-growing farms operating in the southern part of Greece—specifically, the island of Crete. A balanced panel data set during the period 1987–93 is utilized for the estimation of the stochastic production frontier. The results show decreasing efficiency for farms since 1987 and suggest the need for a development strategy to improve their economic performance in the context of expected major changes in the Common Agricultural Policy. A further result is that farm size, the farmer's education, the existence of an improvement plan, and land fragmentation are the most important factors explaining inter-farm variation in efficiency.


Economic Growth Panel Data International Economic Economic Performance Development Strategy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vangelis M. Tzouvelekas
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Giannakas
    • 2
  • Peter Midmore
    • 3
  • Konstantinos Mattas
    • 4
  1. 1.University of WalesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of SaskatchewanCanada
  3. 3.University of WalesUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Aristotle University of ThessalonikiGreece

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