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Efficiency in the National Basketball Association: a stochastic frontier approach with panel data

  • Richard A. Hofler

    (Department of Economics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA)

  • James E. Payne

    (Department of Economics, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790, USA)

We investigate how closely NBA teams play up to their potential. We find that shooting, rebounding, stealing the ball and blocking shots raise the number of potential wins while turnovers lower it. We also learn that better coaching and defensive prowess raise a team's win efficiency. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

Volume (Year): 27 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 279-285

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