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Semiparametric Bayesian inference for stochastic frontier models

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  • Griffin, J. E.
  • Steel, M. F. J.

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In this paper we propose a semiparametric Bayesian framework for the analysis of stochastic frontiers and efficiency measurement. The distribution of inefficiencies is modelled nonparametrically through a Dirichlet process prior. We suggest prior distributions and implement a Bayesian analysis through an efficient Markov chain Monte Carlo sampler, which allows us to deal with practically relevant sample sizes. We also allow for the efficiency distribution to vary with firm characteristics. The methodology is applied to a cost frontier, estimated from a panel data set on 382 U.S. hospitals.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 123 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (November)
Pages: 121-152

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:123:y:2004:i:1:p:121-152

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