On the DEA total weight flexibility and the aggregation in cross-efficiency evaluations
This paper discusses the DEA total weight flexibility in the context of the cross-efficiency evaluation. The DMUs in DEA are often assessed with unrealistic weighting schemes in their attempt to achieve the best ratings in their self-evaluation. We claim here that in a peer-appraisal like the cross-efficiency evaluation the cross-efficiencies provided by such weights cannot play the same role as those obtained with more reasonable weights. To address this issue, we propose to calculate the cross-efficiency scores by means of a weighted average of cross-efficiencies, instead of with the usual arithmetic mean, so the aggregation weights reflect the disequilibrium in the profiles of DEA weights that are used. Thus, the cross-efficiencies provided by profiles with large differences in their weights, especially those obtained with zero weights, would be attached lower aggregation weights (less importance) than those provided by more balanced profiles of weights.
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