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Managerial efficiency and hospitality industry: the Portuguese case


  • Carlos Pestana Barros
  • Laurent Botti
  • Nicolas Peypoch
  • Bernardin Solonandrasana


In this article, the innovative twostage procedure of Simar and Wilson (2007) is used to estimate the efficiency determinants of Portuguese hotel groups from 1998 to 2005. In the first stage, the hotels' technical efficiency is estimated with Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), in order to establish which hotels have the most efficient performance. These could serve as peers to help improve performance of the least efficient hotels. In the second stage, the Simar and Wilson model is used to bootstrap the DEA scores with a truncated regression. The article contributes to the hotel industry literature by adopting a somewhat novel approach that has never been applied to this industry despite its managerial implications. The motivation for the analysis lies in the fact that during the period under analysis Portuguese hotels faced a number of threats. Knowing what the best practices are is then good news for managers and institutions.

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  • Carlos Pestana Barros & Laurent Botti & Nicolas Peypoch & Bernardin Solonandrasana, 2011. "Managerial efficiency and hospitality industry: the Portuguese case," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(22), pages 2895-2905.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:43:y:2011:i:22:p:2895-2905
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840802600145

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    1. Fried, Harold O. & Lovell, C. A. Knox & Schmidt, Shelton S. (ed.), 1993. "The Measurement of Productive Efficiency: Techniques and Applications," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195072181.
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    6. Angel Higuerey & Christian Viñan-Merecí & Zulema Malo-Montoya & Valentín-Alejandro Martínez-Fernández, 2020. "Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) for Measuring the Efficiency of the Hotel Industry in Ecuador," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(4), pages 1-18, February.
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    8. Marco Corsino & Enrico Zaninotto, 2012. "Revealing the influence of managerial practices and entrepreneurs' characteristics on hotel efficiency," DISA Working Papers 2012/03, Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy, revised May 2012.
    9. Hsiao-Yin Chen & Chin-wei Huang & Yung-Ho Chiu, 2017. "An intertemporal efficiency and technology measurement for tourist hotel," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 85-96, August.
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