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Semiparametric stochastic metafrontier efficiency of European manufacturing firms

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  • Marijn Verschelde

    (LEM - Lille économie management - UMR 9221 - UA - Université d'Artois - UCL - Université catholique de Lille - Université de Lille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Michel Dumont

    (Federal Planning Bureau Government of Belgium - Federal Planning Bureau Government of Belgium)

  • Glenn Rayp

    (Department of Economics and SHERPPA - UGENT - Universiteit Gent = Ghent University [Belgium])

  • Bruno Merlevede

Abstract

In this paper a semiparametric stochastic metafrontier approach is used to obtain insight into the performance of manufacturing firms in Europe. We differ from standard TFP studies at the firm level as we simultaneously allow for inefficiency , noise and do not impose a functional form on the input–output relation. Using AMADEUS firm-level data covering ten manufacturing sectors from seven EU15 countries, (1) we document substantial and persistent differences in performance (with Belgium and Germany as benchmark countries and Spain lagging behind) and a wide technology gap, (2) we confirm the absence of convergence in TFP between the seven selected countries, (3) we highlight a more pronounced technology gap for smaller firms.

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  • Marijn Verschelde & Michel Dumont & Glenn Rayp & Bruno Merlevede, 2015. "Semiparametric stochastic metafrontier efficiency of European manufacturing firms," Post-Print hal-01563023, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01563023
    DOI: 10.1007/s11123-015-0458-7
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