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Returms-to-scale Properties in DEA Models: The Fundamental Role of Interior Points

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  • Krivonozhko, Vladimir

    (Institute for Systems Analysis, Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

  • Førsund, Finn R.

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

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Attempts can be found in the DEA literature to identify returns to scale at efficient interior points of the production possibility set on the basis of returns to scale at points of the corresponding reference sets. However, an opposite approach is put forward in this paper, advocating that returns-to-scale properties of efficient reference units should be found by identifying first returns to scale of an efficient interior unit that is a radial projection to the frontier of an inefficient unit. Returns-to-scale properties of both the corresponding reference units and units supporting the face in question can then be established.

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  • Krivonozhko, Vladimir & Førsund, Finn R., 2009. "Returms-to-scale Properties in DEA Models: The Fundamental Role of Interior Points," Memorandum 15/2009, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Krivonozhko, Vladimir E. & Førsund, Finn R. & Lychev, Andrey V., 2014. "Measurement of returns to scale using non-radial DEA models," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 232(3), pages 664-670.
    2. Krivonozhko, Vladimir E. & Førsund, Finn R. & Lychev, Andrey V., 2012. "A note on imposing strong complementary slackness conditions in DEA," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 220(3), pages 716-721.
    3. Mehdiloozad, Mahmood & Mirdehghan, S. Morteza & Sahoo, Biresh K. & Roshdi, Israfil, 2015. "On the identification of the global reference set in data envelopment analysis," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 245(3), pages 779-788.

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    Keywords

    Returns to scale; DEA; Interior points; Vertices;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General

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