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Nonparametric estimation of concave production technologies by entropic methods

  • Gad Allon

    (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA)

  • Michael Beenstock

    (Department of Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel)

  • Steven Hackman

    (School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA USA)

  • Ury Passy

    (Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)

  • Alexander Shapiro

    (School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA USA)

An econometric methodology is developed for nonparametric estimation of concave production technologies. The methodology, based on the principle of maximum likelihood, uses entropic distance and convex programming techniques to estimate production functions. Empirical applications are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the methodology in small and large datasets. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 22 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 795-816

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