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La mesure de la productivité par des fonctions de distance

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  • Ahmed Barkaoui
  • Jean-Christophe Bureau
  • Jean-Pierre Butault

[eng] Measuring Productivity Using Distance Functions by Ahmed Barkaoui, Jean-Christophe Bureau and Jean-Pierre Butault Productivity measures are highly sensitive to the conventions adopted to measure service flows and fixed factor utilisation costs. An approach based on distance functions can measure productivity without using data on the prices of either factors or products. This method consists of estimating Malmquist indices. It is based on less restrictive assumptions than the traditional methods and sidesteps many problems regarding data and conventions for the costs of the use of capital, family labour and the earth. This method is applied to measure the "agricultural" sector's productivity in 12 countries. An empirical comparison with traditional indices highlights the advantages and disadvantages of this approach. [fre] La mesure de la productivité par des fonctions de distance par Ahmed Barkaoui, Jean-Christophe Bureau et Jean-Pierre Butault Les mesures de productivité sont très sensibles aux conventions adoptées pour mesurer les flux de services et les coûts d'usage des facteurs fixes. Une approche reposant sur des fonctions de distances permet de mesurer la productivité sans utiliser de données sur les prix des facteurs ni des produits. Tout en reposant sur des hypothèses moins restrictives que les méthodes traditionnelles, cette méthode, qui consiste en l'estimation d'indices de Malmquist, permet d'éviter de nombreux problèmes de données et de conventions sur les coûts d'usage du capital, du travail familial et de la terre. Cette méthode est appliquée à la mesure de la productivité de la branche "agriculture" dans 12 pays. Une comparaison empirique avec des indices traditionnels permet déjuger des avantages et inconvénients de cette approche.

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Article provided by Programme National Persée in its journal Économie & prévision.

Volume (Year): 127 (1997)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 33-46

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Handle: RePEc:prs:ecoprv:ecop_0249-4744_1997_num_127_1_5835
Note: DOI:10.3406/ecop.1997.5835
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