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Multi-output efficiency with good and bad outputs

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  • Cherchye, Laurens
  • Rock, Bram De
  • Walheer, Barnabé

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Cherchye, De Rock, Dierynck, Roodhooft, and Sabbe (2013) introduced a DEA methodology that is specially tailored for multi-output efficiency measurement. The methodology accounts for jointly used inputs and incorporates information on how inputs are allocated to outputs. In this paper, we present extensions that render the methodology useful to deal with undesirable (or “bad”) outputs in addition to desirable (or “good”) outputs. Interestingly, these extensions deal in a natural way with several limitations of existing DEA approaches to treat undesirable outputs. We also demonstrate the practical usefulness of our methodological extensions through an application to US electric utilities.

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  • Cherchye, Laurens & Rock, Bram De & Walheer, Barnabé, 2015. "Multi-output efficiency with good and bad outputs," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 240(3), pages 872-881.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:240:y:2015:i:3:p:872-881
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2014.07.028
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