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

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

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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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  • Walter Briec & Kristiaan Kerstens & Hervé Leleu & Philippe Eeckaut, 2000. "Returns to Scale on Nonparametric Deterministic Technologies: Simplifying Goodness-of-Fit Methods Using Operations on Technologies," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 14(3), pages 267-274, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:14:y:2000:i:3:p:267-274
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1026507205581
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    1. Tone, Kaoru & Sahoo, Biresh K., 2003. "Scale, indivisibilities and production function in data envelopment analysis," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 84(2), pages 165-192, May.
    2. Walter Briec & Kristiaan Kerstens, 2006. "Input, output and graph technical efficiency measures on non-convex FDH models with various scaling laws: An integrated approach based upon implicit enumeration algorithms," TOP: An Official Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, Springer;Sociedad de Estadística e Investigación Operativa, vol. 14(1), pages 135-166, June.
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