Quantifying economic benefits of sow-herd management information systems using panel data

Jos A.A.M. Verstegen, Ruud B.M. Huirne, Aalt A. Dijkhuizen, Robert P. King

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Abstract

Economic benefits of management information systems (MIS) in sow farming were quantified by combining data from two survey studies. Panel analysis was conducted through estimation of a mixed-effects model by ordinary least-squares. Effects were analyzed both within farms and over farms at the same time, controlling for self-selection bias and changes over time. Adjusted for other effects in the model, production on farms adopting MIS increased by 0.56 piglets per sow per year, indicating a return on investment of between 220% and 348%. Additional tests and checks indicate that this outcome is robust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-396
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1995

Keywords

  • Computer use
  • Evaluation research
  • Farm management
  • Panel analysis
  • Pig farming
  • Survey study
  • Value of management information systems

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