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Returns to Scale on Nonparametric Deterministic Technologies: Simplifying Goodness-of-Fit Methods Using Operations on Technologies

  • Walter Briec
  • Kristiaan Kerstens
  • Hervé Leleu
  • Philippe Eeckaut

Thepurpose of this short article is to simplify goodness-of-fitmethods to obtain qualitative information about returns to scalefor individual observations. Traditional and new goodness-of-fitmethods developed for estimating returns to scale on nonparametricdeterministic reference technologies are reviewed. Using compositionrules for technologies with specific returns to scale assumptions,we show how these goodness-of-fit methods can be simplified inthe case of convex technologies (Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)models). Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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Volume (Year): 14 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 267-274

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