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Testing scale efficiency in DEA models: a bootstrapping approach

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  • Mickael Lothgren
  • Magnus Tambour
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    This paper presents a method for estimation and test of firm-specific scale efficiency using data envelopment analysis (DEA). The use of a simple bootstrap algorithm is proposed to perform firm-specific inference for scale efficiency. An empirical application using Swedish hospital data is provided. It is found that about 40% of the departments were scale efficient according to the original results. However, for about one-third of those departments the hypothesis of scale efficiency could be rejected.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

    Volume (Year): 31 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 10 ()
    Pages: 1231-1237

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:31:y:1999:i:10:p:1231-1237

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    Cited by:
    1. Daniel Friesner & Ron Mittelhammer & Robert Rosenman, 2006. "Inferring the Latent Incidence of Inefficiency from DEA Estimates and Bayesian Priors," Working Papers 2006-8, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.
    2. Fengxia Dong & Allen Featherstone, 2004. "Technical and Scale Efficiencies for Chinese Rural Credit Cooperatives: A Bootstrapping Approach in Data Envelopment Analysis," Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) Publications 04-wp366, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at Iowa State University.
    3. Matthews, Kent & Xiao, Zhiguo & Zhang, Xu, 2009. "Rational Cost Inefficiency in Chinese Banks," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2009/13, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
    4. Assaf, A., 2010. "Bootstrapped scale efficiency measures of UK airports," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 42-44.
    5. Lamb, John D. & Tee, Kai-Hong, 2012. "Resampling DEA estimates of investment fund performance," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 223(3), pages 834-841.
    6. Daniel Friesner & Matthew McPherson & Robert Rosenman, 2006. "Are Hospitals Seasonally Inefficient? Evidence from Washington State Hospitals," Working Papers 2006-3, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.

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