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Maintaining the Regular Ultra Passum Law in data envelopment analysis

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  • Olesen, Ole B.

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  • Ruggiero, John

    () (School of Business Administration)

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The variable returns to scale data envelopment analysis (DEA) model is developed with a maintained hypothesis of convexity in input-output space. This hypothesis is not consistent with standard microeconomic production theory that posits an S-shape for the production frontier, i.e. for production technologies that obey the Regular Ultra Passum Law. Consequently, measures of technical efficiency assuming convexity are biased downward. In this paper, we provide a more general DEA model that allows the S-shape.

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  • Olesen, Ole B. & Ruggiero, John, 2012. "Maintaining the Regular Ultra Passum Law in data envelopment analysis," Discussion Papers of Business and Economics 2/2012, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business and Economics.
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    1. Miningou, Élisé Wendlassida & Vierstraete, Valérie, 2013. "Households' living situation and the efficient provision of primary education in Burkina Faso," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 910-917.
    2. Olesen, Ole B., 2012. "A homothetic reference technology in Data Envelopment Analysis," Discussion Papers of Business and Economics 14/2012, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business and Economics.
    3. Olesen, Ole B., 2014. "A homothetic reference technology in data envelopment analysis," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 233(3), pages 759-771.

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    Keywords

    Data envelopment analysis; homothetic production; S-shaped production function; non-convex production set;

    JEL classification:

    • C00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - General
    • C40 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - General
    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General

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