Labour Forceas a Factor Improving Efficiency of Agricultural Economic Activity in the EU

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Lucyna Błażejczyk-Majka
Radosław Kala


The study comprises an analysis of technical efficiency of EU agriculture at the regional level. Investigations were based on data concerning average farms representing individual regions of the European Union, retrieved from the FADN system. These entities covered crop farms and dairy farms. Efficiency of individual entities was assessed using the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Results were compared to the basic unidimensional economic indexes of individual entities taking into consideration also different operation periods of the regions within the EU. Productivity of labour turned out to be the decisive factor in determining the level of farm efficiency. Conducted analyses may constitute a starting point for the evaluation of proposed reforms in the Common Agricultural Policy in the new financial perspective.



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Błażejczyk-Majka, L., & Kala, R. (2012). Labour Forceas a Factor Improving Efficiency of Agricultural Economic Activity in the EU. Studia Historiae Oeconomicae, 30, 71-91. Retrieved from
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Lucyna Błażejczyk-Majka, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Lucyna Błażejczyk-Majka – PhD in economics, lecturer at the department of Economic History in the Institute of History, the Adam Mickiewicz University. Her scientific interests include quantitative methods in economic studies, particularly concerning EU agriculture.

Radosław Kala, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poznań

Radosław Kala – Professor of Mathematics, full professor at the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Methods, the Poznań University of Life Sciences. Scientific interests: statistics, mathematical economics, matrix algebra.