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An Average Derivative Estimation of Stochastic Frontiers

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  • Cliff Huang
  • Tsu-Tan Fu

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This paper utilizes the average derivative estimation of Stoker (1986) and the pesudo-likelihood estimation of Fan, Li, and Weersink (1996) to estimate a semiparametric stochastic frontier regression, y=g(x) + ε, where the function g(.)is unknown and ε is a composite error in a standard setting. The proposed semiparametric method of estimation is applied to data on farmers' credit unions in Taiwan. Empirical results show that the banking services of the farmers' credit unions is subject to economies of scale, but high degree of cost inefficiency in operation. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

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  • Cliff Huang & Tsu-Tan Fu, 1999. "An Average Derivative Estimation of Stochastic Frontiers," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 45-53, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:12:y:1999:i:1:p:45-53 DOI: 10.1023/A:1007851023468
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