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Estimation of cost allocation coefficients at the farm level using an entropy approach

Fragoso, R., M.L. Carvalho (2013), "Estimation of cost allocation coefficients at the farm level using an entropy approach", Journal of Applied Statistics, 40(9), 1893-1906.
Abstract:

This paper aims to estimate the farm cost allocation coefficients from whole-farm input costs. An entropy approach was developed under a Tobit formulation and was applied to a sample of farms from the 2004 Farm Accountancy Data Network data base for Alentejo region, Southern Portugal. A Generalized Maximum Entropy model and Cross Generalized Entropy model were developed to the sample conditions and were tested. Model results were assessed in terms of their precision and estimation power and were compared with the observed data. The entropy approach showed to be a flexible and valid tool to estimate incomplete information, namely regarding farm costs.