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Pseudolikelihood estimation of the stochastic frontier model

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  • Mark Andor
  • Christopher Parmeter

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Stochastic frontier analysis is a popular tool to assess firm performance. Almost universally it has been applied using maximum likelihood (ML) estimation. An alternative approach, pseudolikelihood (PL) estimation, which decouples estimation of the error component structure and the production frontier, has been adopted in both the non-parametric and panel data settings. To date, no formal comparison has yet to be conducted comparing these methods in a standard, parametric cross-sectional framework. We produce a comparison of these two competing methods using Monte Carlo simulations. Our results indicate that PL estimation enjoys almost identical performance to ML estimation across a range of scenarios and performance metrics, and for certain metrics, outperforms ML estimation when the distribution of inefficiency is incorrectly specified.

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  • Mark Andor & Christopher Parmeter, 2017. "Pseudolikelihood estimation of the stochastic frontier model," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(55), pages 5651-5661, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:49:y:2017:i:55:p:5651-5661
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1324611
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    1. Andor, Mark A. & Parmeter, Christopher & Sommer, Stephan, 2019. "Combining uncertainty with uncertainty to get certainty? Efficiency analysis for regulation purposes," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 274(1), pages 240-252.
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    3. Christopher F. Parmeter & Valentin Zelenyuk, 2016. "A Bridge Too Far? The State of the Art in Combining the Virtues of Stochastic Frontier Analysis and Data Envelopement Analysis," Working Papers 2016-10, University of Miami, Department of Economics.

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    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations

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