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Off-Farm Employment and and Technical Efficiency on China's Farms: The Case of Jiangsu
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Abstract: This paper examines whether and to what extent off-farm employment affects the technical efficiency of agricultural production. The level of technical efficiency is measured using a stochastic frontier production function approach. We find that there is a positive significant effect of off-farm employment on the level of technical efficiency. We also find that fragmentation of farmland is a barrier to the improvement of technical efficiency. Additionally, we find a concerning downward trend in the level of agricultural technical efficiency among our sample.

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