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A Bayesian analysis of multiple-output production frontiers

  • Fernandez, Carmen
  • Koop, Gary
  • Steel, Mark

In this paper we develop Bayesian tools for estimating multi-output production frontiers in applications where only input and output data are available. Firm-specific inefficiency is measured relative to this frontier. Our work has important differences from the existing literature, which either assumes a classical econometric perspective with restrictive functional form assumptions, or a non-stochastic approach which directly estimates the output distance function. Bayesian inference is implemented using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm. A banking application shows the ease and practicality of our approach.

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Volume (Year): 98 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 47-79

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:98:y:2000:i:1:p:47-79
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