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Title: Rice Supply Response in Cambodia
Contributor(s): Sik, Boreak (author); O'Donnell, Christopher (supervisor); Piggott, Roley (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 1999
Copyright Date: 1998
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This study is probably the first empirical analysis of the supply response of rice, the single most important food crop in Cambodia. Rice is the single most important food crop in the country. The main objectives of the study are to identify the determinants influencing the supply of rice. The study also attempts to evaluate the impacts of two policy regimes on the degree of supply response: the central planning and collectivisation regime during the period 1980-1989 and market regime which followed. Alternative specifications of models of the supply response of Cambodian rice growers are considered in terms of the existence and nature of production lags and the choice of explanatory prices, especially expected prices. The supply response of wet-season and dry-season rice is estimated separately because of differences in the production systems and crop biology. The results indicate that there are lags that are due to the difficulties and costs of rapid adjustment. The results also provide evidence to suggest that price variables have no significant effect on the area and yield of rice, except for area in the case of dry-season rice allocation. Rainfall is one of the most important factors affecting the area allocated to wet-season rice production, while a time trend representing technological improvements in rice production is the most important determinant of yield. These results are, of course, conditional on the data used. There were several deficiencies in the data and an improved data set may have resulted in somewhat different conclusions.
Publication Type: Thesis Masters Research
Rights Statement: Copyright 1998 - Boreak Sik
HERDC Category Description: T1 Thesis - Masters Degree by Research
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