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dc.contributor.advisorHynes, Stephen
dc.contributor.advisorO'Donoghue, Cathal
dc.contributor.advisorThorne, Fiona
dc.contributor.advisorHennessy, Thia
dc.contributor.authorGillespie, Patrick R.
dc.description.abstractThesis focuses on the efficiency and the Total Factor Productivity (TFP) which is associated with the dairy enterprise of Specialist Dairy farms. The approach uses econometric methods to generate its measures. Special emphasis is given to the effect of milk quota policy on these measures, and this is timely given the abolition of milk quotas as of April 2015. The objectives of this thesis are enumerated below; 1. to establish long term trends in productivity measures using NFS data, 2. to quantify and decompose TFP for Irish dairy farms, 3. to examine the distributional effects of milk quota policy, and 4. to assess the effect of grass utilisation on dairy efficiency. The thesis opens with an in-depth view of quota policy, followed by a more general view of the policy environment that is relevant to dairy farms. Further context is provided with a statistical analysis of long term structural developments in the dairy sector. The analysis of TFP is data intensive, so a detailed discussion of how this requirement is satisfied precedes the analytical chapters. The resulting data are then used to achieve a long-run analysis of dairy productivity. The chapters progress from this long-run Irish analysis to a shorter cross-country comparison which serves as a natural experiment, and finally to a wider selection of countries in an effort to assess the effect grass utilisation has on various forms of efficiency.en_IE
dc.subjectMilk quotaen_IE
dc.subjectStochastic frontier analysisen_IE
dc.titleDairy and grassland economics in an era of possible expansionen_IE
dc.contributor.funderDairy economicsen_IE
dc.contributor.funderGrassland economicsen_IE
dc.contributor.funderDairy farmingen_IE
dc.local.noteThe National Farm Survey is extended back to 1979 and is used to econometrically model the efficiency and productivity of Irish dairy farms. Farm Accountancy Data Network data is used to causally link grass use to efficiency and to investigate the distributional effects of milk quota via a natural experiment.en_IE

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