Imputing missing information in the estimation of production functions and systems

Charles B. Moss, Ashok K. Mishra

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The environmental consequences of agricultural production have reemerged as an important policy issue in several areas. In Florida, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering numeric limits on nutrient levels for Florida agriculture. The problem of missing values is becoming increasingly important in applied analysis for a variety of reasons. First, survey instruments such as the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) is increasingly the only viable dataset for analyzing farm-level decisions. Estimating the response function for corn highlights several salient difficulties. Aggregate sampling implies that when one input is missing, all input variables are likely to be missing. The reduced quality of fit in the multiple imputations may involve the relative value of information on exclusion. The pseudodata results indicate that appropriate estimates of the production function can be generated from the application of these procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-626
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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