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The Malmquist productivity index and plant capacity utilisation

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  • DE BORGER, Bruno
  • KERSTENS, Kristiaan

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This note proposes a new decomposition of the Malmquist productivity index to account for changes in plant capacity utilisation. Using a primal, non-parametric specification of technology, the Malmquist index is decomposed into technical efficiency change, variations in plant capacity utilisation, and frontier shifts. It provides an alternative to the available methods to incorporate capacity utilisation changes in measures of productivity change. The latter are based upon parametric (and, in many cases, dual) technology specifications; moreover, they typically do not allow for technical inefficiency.

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Paper provided by University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2000020.

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  1. W. Diewert & Kevin Fox, 2010. "Malmquist and Törnqvist productivity indexes: returns to scale and technical progress with imperfect competition," Journal of Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 101(1), pages 73-95, September.
  2. E. Grifell-Tatjé & C. Lovell, 2014. "Productivity, price recovery, capacity constraints and their financial consequences," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, Springer, vol. 41(1), pages 3-17, February.
  3. Victoria Shestalova, 2003. "Sequential Malmquist Indices of Productivity Growth: An Application to OECD Industrial Activities," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, Springer, vol. 19(2), pages 211-226, April.
  4. Torstein Bye & Annegrete Bruvoll & Jan Larsson, 2009. "Capacity Utilization in a Generalized Malmquist Index Including Environmental Factors: A Decomposition Analysis," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 85(3), pages 529-538.
  5. Ouellette, Pierre & Vierstraete, Valerie, 2004. "Technological change and efficiency in the presence of quasi-fixed inputs: A DEA application to the hospital sector," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 154(3), pages 755-763, May.
  6. Burda, Michael C & Severgnini, Battista, 2010. "Solow Residuals without Capital Stocks," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 7990, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  7. Bruno De Borger & Kristiaan Kerstens & Diego Prior & Ignace Van de Woestyne, 2012. "Static efficiency decompositions and capacity utilization: integrating economic and technical capacity notions," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(31), pages 4125-4141, November.

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