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The efficiencies of Chinese coal-fired power plants: a stochastic-frontier approach


  • Jean-Baptiste Lesourd
  • Guy Liu
  • Stéphane Genoud


We apply the stochastic frontier of translog production function to estimate the efficiencies of Chinese coal-fired power plants, using a survey sample of 300 power plants over 5 years from 2004 to 2008 for estimation. By taking into account, the ages of generators and a technological factor reflected by a dummy for supercritical generators, we identified the improvement of efficiencies in the Chinese power industry over the period, and the coal-fired power plants that still run inefficiently by approximate 9% on average when compared with the best practice of cost efficiency in the power industry.

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  • Jean-Baptiste Lesourd & Guy Liu & Stéphane Genoud, 2014. "The efficiencies of Chinese coal-fired power plants: a stochastic-frontier approach," Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(4), pages 383-393, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jocebs:v:12:y:2014:i:4:p:383-393
    DOI: 10.1080/14765284.2014.952514

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