Estimation of production function and related labor risk considerations for landscape and lawn care firms in Georgia
Sulgham, Anil Kumar
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The fast growing landscape and lawn care industry deserves attention, but research has been limited by data availability. Primary data, collected through a mail survey from firms providing services, allow disaggregated analysis. This study attempts to estimate the production function with a focus on labor associated risk of landscape maintenance and lawn care firms in Georgia, a state experiencing a rapid expansion of the “green industry.” A three stage estimation agricultural production function framework suggested by Pope and Just (1979) was applied to estimation of production function. The results suggest that labor costs, plant material costs, chemical costs, and acreage serviced by a firm are important for output of a firm and labor turnover is a potential source of risk for the landscape maintenance and lawn care industry.