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Productivity development of Norwegian electricity distribution utilities

  • Førsund, Finn R.
  • Kittelsen, Sverre A. C.

When regulating electricity distribution utilities, estimates of the past productivity improvement performance are very important for future requirements. A piecewise linear frontier technology, reflecting observed best practice, accommodating the multi-output nature of distribution utilities is specified. A Malmquist index and its components, shift in frontier technology and change in efficiency, have been calculated for the period 1983 to 1989. The main results are a positive productivity growth averaging nearly 2% per year, and that this is mainly due to frontier technology shift. Outliers are scrutinised, but do not influence results for non-outliers.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resource and Energy Economics.

Volume (Year): 20 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 207-224

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