Date of Graduation
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Division of Resource Economics & Management
This dissertation examines production and or technical efficiencies in agricultural and energy systems. The first essay examines production capabilities of smallholder corn farmers following Zimbabwe’s fast track land reform program of 2000. This paper accounts for semi-parametric production frontier to provide more reliable efficiency estimates than can be obtained using traditional parametric methods. The second essay examines efficiency and state level fuel substitution in the US electricity generation sector. I apply the recent fixed effects stochastic frontier estimation to understand the implications of changes in inter-fuel substitution for technical efficiency. The third essay examines the role of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the US natural gas production. This study considers variations in producing, newly completed and drilled but uncompleted wells to understand the current production of natural gas.
Mugabe, Douglas, "Three Essays on “Production and Technical Efficiency”" (2020). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 7748.