Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 49–65

Non-Parametric Production Analysis of Pesticides Use in the Netherlands

  • Alfons Oude Lansink
  • Elvira Silva

DOI: 10.1023/B:PROD.0000012452.97645.30

Cite this article as:
Lansink, A.O. & Silva, E. Journal of Productivity Analysis (2004) 21: 49. doi:10.1023/B:PROD.0000012452.97645.30


Many previous empirical studies on the productivity of pesticides suggest that pesticides are under-utilized in agriculture despite the general held believe that these inputs are substantially over-utilized. This paper uses data envelopment analysis (DEA) to calculate non-parametric measures of the value of the marginal product of pesticides. Furthermore, the effect of pesticides on the value of the marginal product of productive inputs is investigated in order to analyze technical interdependence between pesticides and productive inputs. Results suggest, in general, substantial under-utilization of pesticides, which is consistent with earlier findings of parametric specifications.

pesticides DEA shadow prices efficiency 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfons Oude Lansink
    • 1
  • Elvira Silva
    • 2
  1. 1.Business Economics GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Research Center on Labor and Firm Economics (CETE)University of PortoPortugal

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