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Technical and Economic Efficiency Measures Under Short Run Profit Maximizing Behavior

  • Laurens Cherchye
  • Timo Kuosmanen
  • Hervé Leleu

The duality between measures of economic and technical efficiency has been extensively studied in the productive efficiency analysis. This duality ensures a meaningful interpretation of technical efficiency as economic efficiency evaluated at the most favorable shadow prices. This paper concentrates on economic efficiency as short run profit efficiency. We first argue that a modified version of Varian?s goodness-of-fit measure provides an appropriate economic efficiency measure in that context. Next, we show that a variant of the McFadden gauge function provides a natural dual efficiency measure for this short run profit efficiency measure. In particular, we establish two attractive properties of that technical efficiency measure: (i) it can be interpreted as Varian?s profit efficiency measure evaluated at shadow prices; (ii) it provides an upper bound for profit efficiency JEL Classification : D2, D24

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Volume (Year): 76 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 163-173

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