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Modelling Regional Welfare Efficiency Applying Conditional Full Frontiers

  • George EMM. Halkos
  • Nickolaos G. Tzeremes

This paper demonstrates an evaluation of welfare policies and regional allocation of public investment using the recent developments in efficiency analysis and statistical inference. Specifically, the efficiency of the welfare policies of the Greek prefectures for the census years of 1980, 1990 and 2000 are compared and analyzed. The paper, using bootstrap techniques on unconditional and conditional full frontier applications, indicates that there are major welfare inefficiencies among the prefectures over the three census years. The analysis reveals that the increase of population density over the years has a negative impact on the welfare efficiency levels of the Greek prefectures. RÉSUMÉ Cette communication démontre une évaluation des politiques sociales et de l'affectation régionale d'investissements publics, sur la base de développements récents dans l'analyse du rendement et des conclusions statistiques. Plus spécifiquement, nous comparaisons et nous analysons l'efficacité des politiques sociales des préfectures grecques pour les années de recensement 1980, 1990 et 2000. En appliquant des techniques de rééchantillonnage à des applications à frontières intégrales inconditionnelles et conditionnelles, la communication démontre que les années de recensement ont été marquées par l'existence d'une grande inefficacité sur le plan social, parmi les préfectures. L'analyse révèle que l'augmentation de la densité de la population a, au fil des années, eu un effet négatif sur l'efficacité des préfectures de la Grèce sur le plan social. R esumen Este estudio demuestra una evaluación de las políticas de beneficios sociales y la distribución regional de la inversión pública usando los recientes desarrollos en análisis de eficiencia e inferencia estadística. Específicamente, se compara y analiza la eficiencia de las políticas de beneficios sociales de las prefecturas griegas en los años de censo 1980, 1990 y 2000. El estudio que usa técnicas bootstrap en las aplicaciones de frontera completa incondicionales y condicionales indica que existen importantes ineficiencias en los beneficios sociales entre las prefecturas durante los tres años censados. El análisis revela que el aumento de la densidad de la población a través de los años tiene un impacto negativo en los niveles de eficiencia de los beneficios sociales en las prefecturas griegas.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Spatial Economic Analysis.

Volume (Year): 6 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 451-471

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Handle: RePEc:taf:specan:v:6:y:2011:i:4:p:451-471
DOI: 10.1080/17421772.2011.610812
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