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Inter-Firm and Intra-Firm Efficiency Measures

  • Alfons Lansink
  • Elvira Silva
  • Spiro Stefanou

Intra-firm efficiencyinvolves computing a particular firm's efficiency degree overtime relative to the firm-specific production frontier. Inter-firmefficiency reveals a particular firm's performance over timerelative to the ``best practice frontier'' among the set of comparablefirms. These efficiency measures are related by an inter-firmcatch-up component reflecting differences in technology acrossfirms. Those measures are estimated for Dutch pot-plant firmsusing the Generalized Maximum Entropy formalism. The empiricalresults suggest the inter-firm catch-up component is the majordeterminant of inter-firm efficiency. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

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Volume (Year): 15 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 185-199

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:15:y:2001:i:3:p:185-199
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