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Estimating indirect allocative inefficiency and productivity change

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  • H Fukuyama

    (Fukuoka University)

  • W L Weber

    (Southeast Missouri State University)

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Building on the method used in previous indirect production studies, we construct an indicator of indirect output allocative inefficiency. Our indicator equals the difference between a revenue-constrained directional input distance function and a directional input distance function that depends on outputs, rather than revenue. The indicator measures the overuse of inputs that occurs when firms do not choose a revenue maximizing mix of outputs. Adding a time dimension allows productivity change to be measured. In an empirical illustration of our method we find that Japanese banks use, between 2% and 7%, too many inputs because bank outputs are inefficiently allocated.

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  • H Fukuyama & W L Weber, 2009. "Estimating indirect allocative inefficiency and productivity change," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Palgrave Macmillan;The OR Society, vol. 60(11), pages 1594-1608, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jorsoc:v:60:y:2009:i:11:d:10.1057_jors.2009.62
    DOI: 10.1057/jors.2009.62
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