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GTAP Resource #1576

"Brazil's Beef Production and Its Efficiency: A Comparative Study of Scale Economies "
by Somwaru, Agapi and Constanza Valdes


Abstract
In recent years, Brazil –one of the world’s main suppliers of agricultural products- has been raising beef productivity and exports. In Brazil, large farm land availability, ample feedstuffs supplies, a large domestic consumer market, and liberalization of trade barriers have allowed large firms to achieve economies of size that have made the country a major, growing source of meat production. Major differences exist between the modern and the traditional segments of the beef-cattle sub-sector. To assess competitive strength of Brazil's livestock operations, we estimate non-parametrically the efficiency and scale elasticity of 450 cattle operations. Our hypothesis is that large-size specialized farms exhibit cost economies and higher efficiency levels than other beef production operations.


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Category: 2004 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 7th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Washington DC, USA
Date: 2004
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Created: Somwaru, A. (5/12/2004)
Updated: Somwaru, A. (5/12/2004)
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