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Accounting For Unobservables In Production Models: Management And Inefficiency

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  • Bill Greene with Antonio Alvarez (Univ. of Oviedo)
  • Carlos Arias (Univ. of Leon)

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This paper explores the role of unobserved managerial ability in production and its relationship with technical efficiency. Previous analyses of managerial ability have been based on strong assumptions about its role in production or the use of proxies. We avoid these shortcomings by introducing managerial ability as an unobserved random variable in a translog production function. The resulting empirical model can be estimated as a production frontier with random coefficients.

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Australasian Meetings with number 341.

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Keywords: production; technical efficiency; translog production function;

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  1. William Greene & Colin McKenzie, 2012. "LM Tests for Random Effects," Working Papers 12-14, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.
  2. Cullmann, Astrid & Farsi, Mehdi & Filippini Massimo, 2009. "Unobserved Heterogeneity and International Benchmarking in Public Trasport," Quaderni della facoltà di Scienze economiche dell'Università di Lugano 0904, USI Università della Svizzera italiana.
  3. Arazmuradov, Annageldy & Martini, Gianmaria & Scotti, Davide, 2014. "Determinants of total factor productivity in former Soviet Union economies: A stochastic frontier approach," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 38(1), pages 115-135.
  4. Maria del Pilar Baquero Forero & Toshifumi Kuroda & Takanori Ida, 2010. "Cultural determinants of countries management efficiency:A random coefficients stochastic frontier approach," Discussion papers e-10-012, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
  5. Mehdi Farsi & Massimo Filippini & William Greene, 2005. "Efficiency Measurement in Network Industries: Application to the Swiss Railway Companies," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 28(1), pages 69-90, 07.
  6. Mehdi Farsi & Massimo Filippini & William Greene, 2005. "Application of Panel Data Models in Benchmarking Analysis of the Electrivity Distribution Sector," CEPE Working paper series 05-39, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.
  7. Farsi, Mehdi & Filippini, Massimo, 2009. "An analysis of cost efficiency in Swiss multi-utilities," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 306-315, March.
  8. Pestana Barros, Carlos & Sequeira Antunes, Olinda, 2011. "Performance assessment of Portuguese wind farms: Ownership and managerial efficiency," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(6), pages 3055-3063, June.
  9. Hockmann, Heinrich & Pieniadz, Agata, 2008. "Farm Heterogeneity and Efficiency in Polish Agriculture: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 44278, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  10. Mehdi Farsi & Aurelio Fetz & Massimo Filippini, 2007. "Benchmarking and Regulation in the Electricity Distribution Sector," CEPE Working paper series 07-54, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.
  11. Thomas Triebs & Subal C. Kumbhakar, 2012. "Management Practice in Production," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper No. 129, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
  12. Andrea Brasili & Loredana Federico, 2008. "Recent Developments in Productivity and the Role of Entrepreneurship in Italy: An Industry View," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 98(2), pages 179-214, March-Apr.
  13. Wang, Xiaobing & Hockmann, Heinrich, 2012. "Technical Efficiency Under Producer’S Individual Technology: A Metafrontier Analysis," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126755, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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  15. Mehdi Farsi & Massimo Filippini, 2005. "A Benchmarking Analysis of Electricity Distribution Utilities in Switzerland," CEPE Working paper series 05-43, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.

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