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Malmquist and Hicks-Moorsteen Productivity Indices: An Empirical Comparison Focusing on Infeasibilities


  • Kerstens, Kristiaan

    () (CNRS-LEM (UMR 8179), IESEG School of Management, F-59000 Lille, France.)

  • Hachem, Bouye Ahmed Moulaye

    () (CNRS-LEM (UMR 8179), IESEG School of Management, F-59000 Lille, France.)

  • Van de Woestyne, Ignace

    () (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium)


In the literature, two main ratio-based productivity indices have been defined in terms of a primal technology notion. While the Malmquist productivity index has become very popular, it has the problem that it is not always well-defined. By contrast, the less popular Hicks Moorsteen productivity index is well-defined under weak conditions on technology. The purpose of this paper is to empirically illustrate the extent of this determinateness problem on some agricultural data sets under variations on the technology assumptions.

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  • Kerstens, Kristiaan & Hachem, Bouye Ahmed Moulaye & Van de Woestyne, Ignace, 2010. "Malmquist and Hicks-Moorsteen Productivity Indices: An Empirical Comparison Focusing on Infeasibilities," Working Papers 2010/31, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:201031

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    Malmquist productivity index; Hicks-Moorsteen productivity index; Infeasibilities;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes


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