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Delivery Offices Cost Frontier: A Robust Non Parametric Approach with Exogenous Variables

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  • Cazals Catherine

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    (Toulouse School of Economics)

  • Dudley Paul

    (Royal Mail Group)

  • Florens Jean-Pierre

    (Toulouse School of Economics)

  • Patel Shital

    (Royal Mail Group)

  • Rodriguez Frank

    (Royal Mail Group)

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    This paper deals with an analysis of the efficiency of delivery post offices from an estimated cost frontier. Our focus is to apply a robust non parametric approach for the cost frontier estimation, called the order-m frontier, based on the concept of "expected minimum cost" and to extend it to take into account some environmental variables. We illustrate our approach using a cross-section data set on delivery offices.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Network Economics.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 1-15

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    Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:7:y:2008:i:2:n:7

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    1. De Witte, Kristof & Mika, Kortelainen, 2009. "Blaming the exogenous environment? Conditional efficiency estimation with continuous and discrete exogenous variables," MPRA Paper 14034, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Cordero Ferrera, Jose Manuel & Alonso Morán, Edurne & Nuño Solís, Roberto & Orueta, Juan F. & Souto Arce, Regina, 2013. "Efficiency assessment of primary care providers: A conditional nonparametric approach," MPRA Paper 51926, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Sofia KOURTESI & Panos FOUSEKIS & Apostolos POLYMEROS, 2012. "Conditional Efficiency Estimation With Environmental Variables: Evidence From Greek Cereal Farms," Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences, University of Pitesti, vol. 11(1), pages 43-52.

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