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Partial frontier efficiency analysis

  • Harald Tauchmann


    (Rheinisch-Westfalisches Institut fur Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI))

Despite their frequent use in applied work, nonparametric approaches to efficiency analysis-namely, data envelopment analysis and free disposal hull- have bad reputations among econometricians. This is mainly because data envelopment analysis and free disposal hull represent deterministic approaches that are highly sensitive to outliers and measurement errors. However, so-called partial frontier approaches have recently been developed, namely, order-m and order-α. These approaches generalize free disposal hull by allowing for superefficient observations to be located beyond the estimated production-possibility frontier. Although these methods are also purely nonparametric, the sensitivity to outliers is substantially reduced by partial frontier approaches enveloping just a subsample of observations. In this article, I introduce the new Stata commands orderm and orderalpha, which implement order-m, order-α, and free disposal hull efficiency analysis in Stata. The commands allow for several options, such as statistical inference based on subsampling bootstrapping.

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Volume (Year): 12 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 461-478

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Handle: RePEc:tsj:stataj:v:12:y:2012:i:3:p:461-478
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