Global Malmquist indices of productivity change in Egyptian wheat production

  • Yahia H. Elasraag Cairo University, Faculty of Agriculture, Dept. Agricultural Economics, 12613 Giza
  • Silverio Alarcón Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Dept. Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas, Avda. Puerta de Hierro 2, 28040 Madrid
Keywords: total factor productivity, data envelopment analysis, Egypt


This study aims to measure the total factor productivity of the main governorates of wheat production in Egypt during the time period 1990-2012 and decompose it into technical change, efficiency change and scale change. We used Global Malmquist TFP index as a non-parametric approach. The results indicated that the contribution of technical change component is more important than the efficiency change component. In fact technical change rose, 25.7%, while efficiency change presented a little decline, 3.7%. The decomposition of efficiency change indicated that the main problem of wheat production in Egypt was scale efficiency that worsened by 5.5%.


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How to Cite
ElasraagY. H., & AlarcónS. (2017). Global Malmquist indices of productivity change in Egyptian wheat production. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, 15(2), e0111.
Agricultural economics