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Year: 2013  |  Volume: 12  |  Issue: 24  |  Page No.: 8604 - 8608

Measuring the True Technical Efficiency of Farmers’ Forest Management in Fujian, China: A Three-stage Dea Analysis

Jinyu Shen, Zhao jing and Yali Wen    

Abstract: Technical efficiency of farmers’ forest management is the core issue of forestry development. This study applied three-stage data envelopment analysis model to evaluate the technical efficiency, pure technical and scale technical of farmers’ forest management, excluding the impact of environmental effect and statistical noise. Questionnaires were collected and analyzed from 700 heads of households in Fujian, China. The results from the first-stage indicated that overall efficiency were low. In addition, the environmental variables had significant effect on the technical efficiency such as financial subsidies and farmer’s technological level through stochastic frontier analysis. After the adjustment of environmental variables and statistical noise, the average technical efficiency in the third-stage DEA improve significantly than the first stage. The results also indicated that nearly half of farmers had capital and labor input slack. Therefore, our findings suggest that increasing farmers’ financial subsidies, introducing advanced technology and expanding scale of production should be take into consideration to improve technical efficiency.

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