Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Economics


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Professor Sunny M. Wong

Second Advisor

Professor Elizabeth Katz


Do the social, economic and political environment in a country affect agricultural efficiency? We address this question by estimating a stochastic frontier model of agricultural productivity in 138 countries from 1984 to 2013. By observing how the business condition, level of social harmony and quality of government in a country affect agricultural inefficiency, we find there to be a positive effect. However, land quality as quantified by percentage of land irrigated, and openness to global trade have a more positive effect on decreasing agricultural productivity. We also find that consistent with literature, former British colonies exhibit higher technical efficiency.

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