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Measurement, Farm Size and Productivity (Английский)

Agricultural economists have long debated the efficiency and viability of smallholder agriculture. While much research has shown that small farmers in developing regions are often more efficient than larger farmers, some have challenged the validity of that evidence, citing potential problems that come with farmers' self-reporting of land size. In this paper, measurements of land size collected via Global Positioning System (GPS) devices are used alongside farmers’ estimates to test the validity of that critique. The main result of the analysis is that more accurate measurement of farmers’ plots if anything reinforces, rather than weakening, the existing evidence of an inverse farm size-productivity relationship.

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