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Efficiency in European railways: Not as inefficient as one might think

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  • Dimitris Christopoulos

    ()
    (Panteion University, Athens, Greece)

  • John Loizides

    (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)

  • Efthymios G. Tsionas

    ()
    (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)

Abstract

The paper studies technical inefficiency in the railway systems of ten countries of the European Union. A new approach is used which permits the disaggregation of inefficiency by factor of production to result in estimates of input-specific technical inefficiency. The cost structure is represented using a generalized McFadden flexible functional form. Policy implications and guidelines for rational decision making in the railway sector, are discussed in detail.

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Article provided by Universidad del CEMA in its journal Journal of Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): IV (2001)
Issue (Month): (May)
Pages: 63-88

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Handle: RePEc:cem:jaecon:v:4:y:2001:n:1:p:63-88

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Keywords: technical efficiency; symmetric generalized McFadden form; flexible functional forms; duality; input-specific technical efficiency; European railways;

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  4. Sauer, J.F., 2005. "“Efficiency Flooding”: Black-Box Frontiers and Policy Implications," International Journal of Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 2(1), pages 17-52.
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