The influence of public subsidies on farm technical efficiency: A robust conditional nonparametric approach

Jean Joseph Minviel*, Kristof De Witte

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The objective of this paper is to assess the influence of public subsidies on farm technical efficiency using recent advances in nonparametric efficiency analysis. To this end, we use robust conditional frontier techniques as well as insights from recent developments in nonparametric econometrics. The paper contributes to the ongoing methodological discussion on how to model the effect of public subsidies on farmers’ production decisions. The analysis is conducted using an unbalanced panel data of 1604 observations from 313 french farms located in the french region meuse over the period 2006–2011. The estimates indicate that public subsidies influence negatively the conditional technical efficiency of farms. This suggests that public subsidies affect both the range of the attainable set for the inputs and outputs and the distribution of the efficiency scores inside the attainable set.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1120
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2017


  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Conditional efficiency
  • Nonparametric econometrics
  • Public subsidies
  • Farms

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