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Measuring and comparing the efficiency of water utility companies: A data envelopment analysis approach

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  • Romano, Giulia
  • Guerrini, Andrea

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This study provides an analysis of Italian water utilities to determine the effects on their efficiency of certain relevant variables that have been broadly discussed in the existing literature. We reviewed the annual financial statements of 43 Italian water utility companies and obtained other technical data from Co.n.vi.r.i., the Italian national authority for water. Using data envelopment analysis we assessed their cost efficiencies and, using non-parametric statistic methods, we discuss the significant differences among clusters.

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  • Romano, Giulia & Guerrini, Andrea, 2011. "Measuring and comparing the efficiency of water utility companies: A data envelopment analysis approach," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 202-209.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:juipol:v:19:y:2011:i:3:p:202-209
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2011.05.005
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