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Scale efficiency and homotheticity: equivalence of primal and dual measures

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  • Valentin Zelenyuk

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We address the issue of equivalence of primal and dual measures of scale efficiency in general production theory framework. We find that particular types of homotheticity of technologies, which we refer to here as scale homotheticity, provide necessary and sufficient condition for such equivalence. We also identify the case when the scale homotheticity is equivalent to the homothetic structures from Shephard (Theory of cost and production functions, Princeton studies in mathematical economics. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1970 ). Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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  • Valentin Zelenyuk, 2014. "Scale efficiency and homotheticity: equivalence of primal and dual measures," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 15-24, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:42:y:2014:i:1:p:15-24
    DOI: 10.1007/s11123-013-0361-z
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    1. Diewert, W. Erwin & Fox, Kevin J., 2017. "Decomposing productivity indexes into explanatory factors," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 256(1), pages 275-291.
    2. Diewert, Erwin & Fox, Kevin J., 2014. "Decomposing Bjurek Productivity Indexes into Explanatory Factors," Economics working papers erwin_diewert-2014-32, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 30 Jun 2014.
    3. Färe, Rolf & Fukuyama, Hirofumi & Grosskopf, Shawna & Zelenyuk, Valentin, 2016. "Cost decompositions and the efficient subset," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 123-130.
    4. repec:kap:jproda:v:48:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s11123-017-0505-7 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Zelenyuk, Valentin, 2015. "Aggregation of scale efficiency," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 240(1), pages 269-277.
    6. Antonio Peyrache, 2014. "Hicks-Moorsteen versus Malmquist: a connection by means of a radial productivity index," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 41(3), pages 435-442, June.

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    Keywords

    Production theory; Scale efficiency; Homotheticity; Duality theory; D24;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity

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