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Estimating returns to scale using nonparametric deterministic technologies : a new method based on goodness-of-fit

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  • KERSTENS, Kristiaan

    (LABORES, Université catholique de Lille, Lille)

  • VANDEN EECKAUT, Philippe

    (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium)

Abstract

The purpose of this note is to define a new and more general method to obtain qualitative information about returns to scale for individual observations. In a second section the traditional methods developed for estimating returns to scale on nonparametric deterministic reference technologies (Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) models) are reviewed. Section 3 provides a new and more general method that is suitable for all reference technologies. Its usefulness is illustrated by considering variations on an existing non-convex production model, known as the Free Disposal Hull (FDH). When different returns to scale assumptions are introduced into the FDH, then previous methods for determining returns to scale do no longer apply.

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  • KERSTENS, Kristiaan & VANDEN EECKAUT, Philippe, 1997. "Estimating returns to scale using nonparametric deterministic technologies : a new method based on goodness-of-fit," CORE Discussion Papers 1997013, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1997013
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    returns to scale; FDH; DEA;

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    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity

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