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La performance productive d’un service public. Définitions, méthodes de mesure et application à la Régie des Postes en Belgique

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  • Tulkens, Henry

    (C.O.R.E., Université Catholique de Louvain)

The notion of productive performance is defined by reference to the fact that the enterprise operates at or away from the boundary of its production set. This is also called technical efficiency, in the sense of Koopmans. Three methods are proposed for measuring it, and are applied to the activities of about 800 postal stations in Belgium in 1980 (observations pertaining to one month) and 1983 (observations over twelve months). The observed average technical efficiency appears to be relatively high; but its monthly evolution throughout 1983 reveals a strong rigidity in adapting manpower to seasonal peak-loads. La notion de performance productive est ici définie par référence au fait que l’entreprise opère plus ou moins près de la frontière de son ensemble de production. Il s’agit de l’efficacité technique au sens de Koopmans. Trois méthodes de mesure de celle-ci sont proposées, et ensuite appliquées aux opérations de près de 800 bureaux de poste en Belgique en 1980 (observations portant sur un mois) et en 1983 (observations sur douze mois). Si le niveau moyen de l’efficacité technique observée s’avère relativement élevé, son évolution mensuelle au cours de l’année 1983 révèle une forte rigidité d’adaptation de la main-d’oeuvre aux pointes saisonnières du trafic postal.

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Article provided by Société Canadienne de Science Economique in its journal L'Actualité économique.

Volume (Year): 62 (1986)
Issue (Month): 2 (juin)
Pages: 306-335

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Handle: RePEc:ris:actuec:v:62:y:1986:i:2:p:306-335
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