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A comparison of the performance under field conditions of woolled and mutton sheep flocks in a low rainfall region of South Africa

Conradie, B and Landman, A (2013), A comparison of the performance under field conditions of woolled and mutton sheep flocks in a low rainfall region of South Africa, Sustainable Science Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. CSSR Working Paper no. 331.   Abstract This paper investigated the relative financial performance of […]

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Explaining declining agricultural total factor productivity in the Karoo districts of the Western Cape

Conradie, B, Piesse J, Thirtle, C, Vink, N and Winter, K (2013), Explaining declining agricultural total factor productivity in the Karoo districts of the Western Cape, 1952 to 2002, Agrekon, vol. 52, supplement 1. ABSTRACT Conradie et al. (2009a and 2009b) identified the Central Karoo as the worst performing area in the Western Cape, but […]

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Jackal Narratives and Predator Control in the Karoo

Nattrass, N and Conradie, B (2013), Jackal Narratives and Predator Control in the Karoo, South Africa, Sustainable Science Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. CSSR Working Paper no. 324.   Abstract This paper discusses the historical roots of, and scientific evidence for, rival ‘jackal narratives’ about the problems posed by black-backed […]

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Productivity benchmarking of free-range sheep operations

Conradie, B and Piesse, J (2014), Productivity benchmarking of free-range sheep operations: Technical efficiency, correlates of productivity and dominant technology variants for Laingsburg, South Africa. Sustainable Science Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. CSSR Working Paper no. 344.   Abstract Data envelopment analysis (DEA) was used to benchmark extensive sheep operations […]

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What is the appropriate level of aggregation for productivity indices?

Conradie, B, Piesse, J and Thirtle, C (2009), What is the appropriate level of aggregation for productivity indices? Comparing district, regional and national measures, Agrekon, Vol 48, No 1, March.   Abstract This paper examines the appropriate level of aggregation for the construction of total factor productivity (TFP) indices. The dataset covers the magisterial districts […]

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