Estimation of the efficiency of the Lithuanian family farms via the order-m frontiers

Tomas Balezentis, Alvydas Balezentis

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The paper aimed at analysing the patterns of efficiency of the Lithuanian family farms with respect to the uncertain data. The latter aim was achieved by the virtue of the probabilistic produc-tion functions. The sensitivity of the efficiency scores estimated for the Lithuanian family farms was analysed by manipulating the numbers of randomly drawn benchmark observations estimations and thus constructing respective order-m frontiers. The livestock farms appeared to be most effi-cient, or even super-efficient, independently of the model orientation or the order of the frontier. The crop farms exhibited the lowest mean efficiency as well as the widest distribution of the effi-ciency scores. The mixed farming was more related to the livestock farming in case of the input–oriented framework and to the crop farming in the output-oriented one in terms of the mean effi-ciency scores. Thus, the mixed farms were located inside the production frontier (surface) in a ra-ther compact way.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-366
JournalVadybos mokslas ir studijos - kaimo verslų ir jų infrastruktūros plėtrai : mokslo darbai
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • Efficiency
  • Family farms
  • Order-m frontier
  • Activity analysis

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