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The efficiency of refuse collection services in Spanish municipalities: do non-controllable variables matter?

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  • Núria Bosch

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    (Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB); Universitat de Barcelona (UB))

  • Francisco Pedraja

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    (Universidad de Extremadura)

  • Javier Suárez-Pandiello

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    (Universidad de Oviedo)

Abstract

The aim of this article is to analyse the technical efficiency and cost-efficiency of the refuse collection services in 73 municipalities located in Catalonia, Spain. The analysis has been carried out using a modification of the DEA model in three stages developed by Fried and Lovell (1996), that allows to take into account the influence of those factors that the producer cannot control (non-controllable variables). The results seem to back the hypothesis that non-controllable variables do not affect very much the ease of provision of the service, with the exception of few municipalities.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2001/4.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:72179art173

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Keywords: Fiscal Efficiency; Local public services; Management;

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